As part of this year's naturalist program (made possible by grants from Dekko, AMRV RC&D and T.R.A.I.L.), Ardmore students are receiving training in water chemistry monitoring by Alabama Water Watch. This certification will help us meet our goals of becoming involved in citizen science initiatives and making a difference in our community.
Alabama is number one in the nation for freshwater biodiversity, with over 132,000 miles of rivers and streams. The 4-H AWW program is giving our students the opportunity to assume an active role in preserving this precious resource. They are mastering new skills, gaining awareness of natural resource issues and enjoying time outdoors.
Once certified, students will be able to check out our testing kit and adopt a testing site. They will work in pairs to gather and report data from local streams and rivers.
Students in the Naturalist Studies program traveled to Little River Canyon National Preserve to work on their outdoor skills and experience the unique environment of the Lookout Mountain area. The first stop was a rappelling class on 85 foot cliffs above Little River. Little River has the unique distinction of being the only river that forms and runs almost its entire course atop a mountain. Most of us, teachers and students alike, have a healthy fear of heights. Only one of us had tried rappelling before. Luckily, we had expert Israel Partridge to show us the ropes (See what I did there?) and put us at ease. Israel is the guy they call to do things like rescue people from narrow slot canyons, help with climbing scenes on movie sets and for consultation when Bear Grylls comes to the area to film. He’s a wealth of outdoor knowledge. After a safety lesson and after 3 separate people checked our gear, we were ready to rappel into the Canyon. While our brains knew that the ropes can hold t…
The “Alabama: America’s Amazon” program is underway, thanks to support from Dekko, AMRV RC&D and Limestone County 4-H. Last year, the students were certified as Alabama Water Watch volunteer monitors and were awarded Club of the Year. Today, they expanded their service to the community by sharing what they have learned with hundreds of 4th grade students at the Wonders of Water Festival at Northeast Alabama Community College.
This opportunity, organized by One World Adventure, is free to over 800 school children in Fort Payne and Dekalb County Schools. The 4th graders spent the day learning important lessons about conservation, water and wildlife. Our Ardmore students led tours, helped with activities and even held the snakes for Renee Raney's critter lesson. A great time was had by all!