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Laugavegur Trek, Iceland

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My Fund for Teachers fellowship sent me on a 4 day hike in the Icelandic highlands to hone my trekking skills. Alabama doesn’t get much winter weather, so passing over snow bridges and navigating glacial river crossings was all new to me. I learned so much on this journey and I can’t wait to share it with my students. 

Alabama Water Watch Annual Conference 

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Chloe and I were excited to be asked to speak at the Alabama Water Watch annual conference to tell what we have been doing with the naturalist program. We met so many new people who we can’t wait to collaborate with in the upcoming year!


Fund for Teachers Fellowship (Part 1)

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Part 1 of the Fund for Teachers fellowship is sending me to North Carolina for a Wilderness First Responder training that will help us expand our Naturalist Studies program. Next stop: Iceland!

What is the Naturalist Studies Program?

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Fossil Hunt! 

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During our stay at the Solon Dixon center, students got to explore firsthand evidence of Alabama’s geological history. The crystal-clear, sand-bottomed spring on SDFEC’s grounds is the perfect spot to look for remnants from the ancient sea that used to cover this area.Jimmy Stiles taught us to gently sift the water through a colander to find fossilized shark teeth, sand dollars, barracuda teeth and other sea creatures that don’t occur this far inland anymore.The students loved the spring so much that they begged us to take them back during their free time before dinner. We let them swim and relax in the cool water, which stays in the mid 60s year round. This is a side of Alabama that most of the students had not seen, and several commented that it felt like a different country. Thanks to AMV RC&D and Dekko for supporting this learning experience. 

Ardmore Students Study Carnivorous Plants in Conecuh National Forest

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Alabama is number 1 in biodiversity of carnivorous plants, and the bogs in the southern part of the state are the best place to see them. We put on our waterproof boots and trekked out to see the pitcher plants, sundews and bladderworts. We also saw two types of wild orchid. This was especially exciting for one of our students, who is doing her yearlong project on the carnivorous plants of Alabama. Thanks for AMV RC&D and The Dekko Foundation for contributing to this opportunity!