De Luz Ecology Center offers fifth graders outdoor education
Thursday, January 30th, 2014
Issue 05, Volume 18.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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