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Carrie Shaw - Education Department

York College of PA

As the Spring Environmental Education Intern I helped run the environmental education field trips, prepared crafts for Open House and constructed a Rhode River fish identification booklet.  I spent most of my time running Estuary Chesapeake, a field trip for 4th to 6th graders.  We ran this field trip nearly every day in April, May and early June.  It was wonderful to set up the equipment in the morning and then bring anywhere from 20-70 children in and do a short 10 or 15 minute introductory spiel about the Bay.  After that we divided the children up into groups to send them through the five educational stations:  Oyster Bar Community, Water Testing, About Crabs, Investigating Plankton and Going Fishing.  I also helped run the Creeks, Creatures and Canopies program for Kindergarten through 3rd graders.  This program takes children through educational stations about trees, habitats, animal tracks, underwater creatures, animal adaptations to nature, animal physiology, scavenger hunts and more!
I led several Marsh Explorations field trips taking groups of 10-20 6th to 8th graders through the woods to sample upland and wetland water, perform water tests, identify trees and learn all about marshes!!!  I also helped out with canoe trips for all ages!  All in all it was a wonderful, productive summer learning how to organize and implement environmental education programs and communicate amazing scientific knowledge to children.