On June 12, 2018, Western Wayne High School General Science Students visited the Varden Conservation Area and participated in ecology activities presented by Lacawac Sanctuary. Students participated in three different activities, which involved the topics of macroinvertebrates in a pond environment, invasive species, and soil health in a forest environment.
Lacawac Sanctuary instructors included Jamie Reeger, Environmental Educational Manager, who presented the soil health studies and how they tied into the water table. Gene Shultz, PiER Program Coordinator and Environmental Educator, explained water quality health through identification of macroinvertebrates found at the pond. Sarah Corcoran, Environmental Educator, explained invasive species remediation in the environment through role playing activities.
The field trip was preceded by a classroom presentation on water quality and the environment. Students participated in activities that modeled ground water and surface water and how they fit into a concept of a water shed. These activities lead to discussions at Varden which incorporated the concept of a water table and common water resources shared by all.
Funding for the Varden classroom education as well the field trip was provided through an Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) grant from the nonprofit Western Wayne Education Foundation. Christine McClure, President, 1970C Easton Turnpike, Western Wayne School District, Lake Ariel, PA 18436
Accompanying the students were instructors Dr. Mark Nebzydoski and Mrs. Maria Phillips. For more information on
Varden Conservation area