Project Based Learning Takes a Woodland Hike

On Monday, Downtown School students in Mrs. Badger’s class took at DMPS bus to Walnut Woods State Park to more closely examine a woodland habitat. “This is a down and dirty exploration,” Badger told parents, reminding them to send students to school in ‘rough-and-tumble’ clothes. Students brought clipboards, nature journals, and creative materials in backpacks hoping to gather more evidence to help answer their driving question. Last week, students visited Gray’s Lake. Later this week, they’ll meet with guest expert and Polk County Conservation Naturalist Lewis Major.

Students study woodland. A rotted log. Students talk as they explore the woods. A female student examines a leaf. Students take turns looking at river. Two girls stop to compare notes on the trail.

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