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The following is a guest blog post written by Grade 1 Teacher Jennie Green and Assistant Teacher Sheila Hallisey. Thank you, Jennie and Sheila!
Grade 1 students have participated in two field trips to Save the Bay so far this year. On the first adventure, the class went to Colt State Park in Bristol, RI, to explore a salt marsh, sandy beach, and rocky shore. Three amazing Save the Bay staff members guided the students in their hands-on experience. They were incredibly knowledgeable about the plant and animal life in the region. The students were able to wade into the water and find crabs, including horseshoe, hermit, and spider crabs, as well as minnows and other creatures. In the grass of the salty marsh, a student even found the skeletal remains of a bird!
The second trip was to the Save the Bay Center in Providence. During the visit, students were able to touch and pick up various creatures that live in Narragansett Bay. The students used a guide page to figure out what creatures were in each of the tanks. They identified fish, spider crabs, horseshoe crabs, hermit crabs, and mollusks. Students enjoyed feeling and closely exploring the various sea animals.
As teachers, we know that hands-on experiences are always great for students. What is so valuable about the partnership with Save the Bay is the connection to our local environment and how it ties into our Quaker value of Stewardship of the Earth.