Science classes explore the great outdoors

Grade 9 science students got a chance to put their research skills to work in a hands-on setting as Trinity College School hosted its annual field trips to the Ganaraska Forest on May 14th and 15th. Under the guidance of science teachers Keara Jakic, Suzy Hall and Tim Clutton, as well as residential assistant Michael Mehta, the students spent a day in the forest studying aquatic ecosystems.

Each year, these trips provide students with the opportunity to get up close and personal with wildlife while also using the scientific research and inquiry skills they have been developing in the course. Specifically, students learned more about specimen collecting and water testing. With nets and buckets in hand, the students enjoyed the chance to take their learning outside the classroom, even as the weather turned wet on Tuesday.

The field study ties in with the current unit of study on sustainable ecosystems. The Ganaraska Forest allows students to explore both lentic (pond) and lotic (stream) ecosystems, comparing features such as water quality and biodiversity, and focusing on how we, as humans, impact the sustainability of our local water ecosystems.