Group in CASE, Environmental Science Skill Areas Spend Time at Evergreen Heritage Center
On Thursday, September 25, 2012, students enrolled in the Career Center’s Environmental Science and/or the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) program had the opportunity to experience first-hand various activities aligned with the goals of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) after a day-long visit to the Evergreen Heritage Center (EHC). The goals of CCSS state that youth should be “college and career ready” and “positioned to compete in the global economy.”
Students were engaged in hands-on research, data collection and data interpretation while at EHC. Supporting both Environmental Science standards and CASE program goals, the water and soil testing was undertaken to help determine the appropriate location of a hoop-style greenhouse that will be constructed in the spring at Evergreen.
Students heard presentations from Steve Resh of Allegany College of Maryland and Terry Shank of the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation regarding regional college options for studies in natural resources. They also received valuable career information from personnel from American Woodmark, a fully integrated cabinet manufacturer and large regional employer. Maryland Senator, George Edwards, also paid a visit to the EHC to share information with the students about the natural resources of Western Maryland and the importance of being a voting citizen.
According to ACPS teachers who attended the field trip, “EHC is an amazing facility in a picturesque location that allowed students to have a valuable outdoor experience and further their journey to being college and career ready in a global economy.”