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Fresh Pond Expedition

Fresh Pond Expedition
Posted on 05/29/2015
fresh pondSusan Grassey's classroom embarked on its second Art & Science in One expedition to Fresh Pond Reservation (FPR) the other day.

Fourth and fifth grade students had their eyes and ears (and pencils and erasers) as toolkits for closely observing the habitat at the city. The scavenger hunt finds that the students documented through sketching and journaling included caterpillars, bees, a Small Cabbage White butterfly, an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly, a Mayfly or Cranefly, a goldfinch, red-winged blackbirds, tree swallows, Canada Geese and goslings, several birds' nests (one occupied), and the flowers of Lupines and Walnut Trees.

fresh pondIn this 3-year-old program, Cambridge School Volunteers recruits adults as 1:1 mentors who receive training from a science illustrator, Erica Beade. Beade, who is also a drawing instructor at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, accompanies the group on their three 2-hour field studies at FPR every spring.