Newly inducted Assisi Scholars from the class of 2021 experienced their first field trip on May 10 when they traveled to the Civic Garden Center.This tiny jewel in the park system that is in the center of Avondale became the scholars’ outdoor classroom for the day.The volunteers of the Green Learning Station shared their knowledge and enthusiasm about ecology with the students.
Moving in groups of five students each with a CGC volunteer, the students tested water samples from roof harvested rainwater checking for turbidity, dissolved solid, pH and other features.They learned about the process of decomposition of a three-bin composting station, studied the problem of combined sewer overflow that plagues the Ohio River following a heavy rain, and hiked the eight-acre botanical garden.Molly Hamilton commented, “The field trip was very eye opening.It made me realize how much water we use and all the time and effort that goes into making sure our water is clean and safe.This experience allowed me to take a new perspective on my actions and enabled me to make new friendships.”
Kylie Johnson, an employee of the Civic Garden Center and the director of the Green Girls in STEM program urged the Roger Bacon female scholars to apply for a hands-on summer camp that focuses on environment and sustainability.The program goes from June 4-8.More information on this program can be obtained from Dr. Luebbe.
The park was alive with spring flowering plants, Lazarus lizards, and song birds. A picnic on the patio above the Serenity Garden was one of the many highlights of the day. What a great way to spend a day with friends in a beautiful environment at the beginning of a journey as an Assisi Scholar.
By Dr. Deb Luebbe