A Dublin Plant Community on Mt. Monadnock

Ever since she arrived at Dublin three years ago, Science Department Chair Katri Jackson has wanted to put science into her students’ hands, and get them outside doing science in the field. She has been doing just that, and encouraging other science teachers to follow suit. For this academic year, the whole science department has a greater emphasis on lab and field work than ever before, and Ms. Jackson is developing significant outdoor projects especially for her AP Environmental Science students. One example is the Dublin plant community on top of Mount Monadnock. Students will be monitoring the effects of climate change and human impact on the sub-alpine plants as part of Antioch New England’s M.E.R.E. project. (http://www.antiochne.edu/mere/crevice_community.cfm) Project director Peter Palmiotto and two graduate students came to school recently to introduce our students to the project, and the graduate students have been back to help the class acquire the sampling skills they will need to conduct their field work. On October 15, the class will climb the mountain for their first official sampling study. The Dublin human community will all be able to examine the Dublin plant community on the summit on Mountain Day, so we will all be able to ask questions and think more carefully about the world around us. This is science education in action!

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