De Luz Ecology Center offers fifth graders outdoor education


Thursday, January 30th, 2014
Issue 05, Volume 18.


De Luz Ecology Center offers fifth graders outdoor education - Scott Gordon photo. - Fallbrook Homeschool Academy fifth graders, from left, Annah N., Veronica R., and Grace B., with parent Ana May, enhance their ability to listen by cupping their ears – so they are better able to catch any sounds on the quiet side of a hill on Jan. 14. The chaparral hike at the FUESD De Luz Ecology Center is taken on the first day of the three-part session in the center’s outdoor education program.
Fallbrook Homeschool Academy fifth graders, from left, Annah N., Veronica R., and Grace B., with parent Ana May, enhance their ability to listen by cupping their ears – so they are better able to catch any sounds on the quiet side of a hill on Jan. 14. The chaparral hike at the FUESD De Luz Ecology Center is taken on the first day of the three-part session in the center’s outdoor education program.

De Luz Ecology Center offers fifth graders outdoor education - Scott Gordon photo. - Gabe T. and  Nate S. and their homeschool classmates go on a chaparral hike, (led by Ecology Center teacher Scott Gordon), through the shrubs and trees growing at the 120 acre ecology center, on Jan. 14.
Gabe T. and  Nate S. and their homeschool classmates go on a chaparral hike, (led by Ecology Center teacher Scott Gordon), through the shrubs and trees growing at the 120 acre ecology center, on Jan. 14.

De Luz Ecology Center offers fifth graders outdoor education - Scott Gordon photo. - Fifth graders Ed B. and Zachary S. examine samples of rocks and minerals to fill out their worksheets during the Jan. 15 session of their outdoor studies at the De Luz Ecology Center. All fifth graders in the school district take part in the program sometime between January and April each year.
Fifth graders Ed B. and Zachary S. examine samples of rocks and minerals to fill out their worksheets during the Jan. 15 session of their outdoor studies at the De Luz Ecology Center. All fifth graders in the school district take part in the program sometime between January and April each year.

De Luz Ecology Center offers fifth graders outdoor education - Scott Gordon photo. - Bryson F., right, scoops up some insects from pond water while Nate S., left, and Zachary S. watch; their assignment was to identify the aquatic insects they collected at the De Luz Ecology Center on Jan. 15.
Bryson F., right, scoops up some insects from pond water while Nate S., left, and Zachary S. watch; their assignment was to identify the aquatic insects they collected at the De Luz Ecology Center on Jan. 15.

De Luz Ecology Center offers fifth graders outdoor education - Scott Gordon photo. - After doing some research on the barn owl, (habitat, food, interesting facts),  and watching a video on them, fifth grader Mattie A. dissects owl pellets, identifying what the owl consumed by what bones are in the pellet (regurgiated bollus) on Jan. 16. Food chain studies are part of the outdoor education program.  
After doing some research on the barn owl, (habitat, food, interesting facts),  and watching a video on them, fifth grader Mattie A. dissects owl pellets, identifying what the owl consumed by what bones are in the pellet (regurgiated bollus) on Jan. 16. Food chain studies are part of the outdoor education program.  

De Luz Ecology Center offers fifth graders outdoor education - Scott Gordon photo. - Veronica R. looks for birds on the chaparral hike on Jan. 16, the last day of the three day program at the ecology center. The center has 10 pairs of binoculars for the children to use at recess time. Often seen birds are the acorn woodpecker, red shouldered hawk, black Phoebe, white-crowned sparrow, American crow, turkey vulture, dark-eyed junco.
Veronica R. looks for birds on the chaparral hike on Jan. 16, the last day of the three day program at the ecology center. The center has 10 pairs of binoculars for the children to use at recess time. Often seen birds are the acorn woodpecker, red shouldered hawk, black Phoebe, white-crowned sparrow, American crow, turkey vulture, dark-eyed junco.

De Luz Ecology Center offers fifth graders outdoor education - Scott Gordon photo. - Homeschool fifth graders Annah N. , Veronica R., and Kira M. fill out their aquatic animal identification worksheets as part of their riparian studies of pond insects Jan. 15.
Homeschool fifth graders Annah N. , Veronica R., and Kira M. fill out their aquatic animal identification worksheets as part of their riparian studies of pond insects Jan. 15.


 

2 comments

Comment Profile ImageLee
Comment #1 | Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 4:32 pm
Absolutely wonderful! Our children are our future. We must instill in them an utmost respect for nature AND to live IN nature. If we do and they learn this, this planet has a chance of making it; if we don't, it doesn't.

The key to understanding nature is to listen.
Comment Profile ImageLMNFALLBROOK
Comment #2 | Thursday, Feb 6, 2014 at 2:34 pm
I looooved going to the Ecology Center in De Luz as a child. I have fond memories that will stay with me forever. That was about 25 years ago. Happy to see its still around. :-)

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