What’s in the water at Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve?
Recently, more than 120 Cypress Creek High School students found out during a trip to the preserve. Chemistry students tested the water quality at the preserve by measuring the amount of dissolved oxygen and turbidity in the water.
The trip was meant to provide an extra layer of learning for students studying water quality as part of their chemistry curriculum.
Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve Director Rose Belzung-Holmes said the preserve offers many field trip opportunities and resources for educators, from seasonal programming and ranger talks to guided nature tours.
“Field trips can generate an enthusiasm for learning that can be hard to duplicate in the classroom,” she said. “Aside from just being fun, classroom lessons are applied in the real world during field trips.”
Educators in a variety of fields can benefit from a trip to the preserve.
“Often, all school subjects can be relevant in just one field trip experience,” she said. “Field trips also foster an emotional connection to the subject and experience, improving memory recall and encouraging further interest in lessons.”
Studies show outdoor education offers physical benefits such as decreasing stress, increasing concentration and creativity, and promoting an overall sense of wellbeing.
Educators interested in promoting hands-on learning outside the classroom can schedule a field trip at Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.