Posted by: csdailyblog | September 9, 2009

Special Wednesday Classes On and Off Campus

Field trip to Star Lake (Photo by Jeff Rennicke)

Field trip to Star Lake (Photo by Jeff Rennicke)

Frequently on Wednesdays we have special half-day periods so that classes have the flexibility to undertake more time-intensive projects and trips. Here are some examples of how our students and teachers took advantage of today’s extra-long periods and sunny weather.

Andy Milbauer (Science Teacher), Jeff Rennicke (English Teacher), and Michael Salat (History Teacher) teamed up this afternoon to take the Applied Ecology Class and the U.S. Historical Analysis class to Star Lake, a nearby community. Andy describes the trip:

Andy about to head for the Black Lagoon (Photo by Jeff Rennicke)

Andy about to head for the Black Lagoon (Photo by Jeff Rennicke)

Star Lake provided a great combination of ecology, history and environmentalism within a town of less than 100 residents.  At one point the town had a huge saw mill responsible for milling most of the lumber in the region.  Once logging removed most the trees in the region, the town collapsed from a population of over 600 residents to less than 100 residents.  The town demonstrates how the history, economy, ecology and resources of a community interact in the real world.  Star Lake also holds one of the first experiments in regenerating forests after a clear cut by the US Forest.  This regeneration project at Star Lake was so ground-breaking and successful that it is now modeled in other forestry projects across the US by the Forest Service. This DNR publication provides a brief history of the forest.

During the day we toured the Star Lake Nature Trail, which includes interpretive signs that explain the forestry experiment.  Additionally, we hiked into the nearby prairie. Wildfires during the early half of the 20th century helped establish a prairie despite the northern location.  The students also toured the Schoolhouse Gallery in Star Lake, which contains historic photos of the area during the logging era. 

 It was a wonderful day that merged history and ecology with conservation in Vilas County.

Natalia (Photo by Jeff Rennicke)

Natalia (Photo by Jeff Rennicke)

You're never too old for a merry-go-round (Photo by Jeff Rennicke)

You're never too old for a merry-go-round (Photo by Jeff Rennicke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nancy Schwartz’s art classes, Earth Art (morning) and Drawn to Nature (afternoon), also made the most of the beautiful day. Students collected plant materials along nearby County Road B and then created a collaborative nature weaving along the student path for the school community; students and staff members are encouraged to add their own bits of plant material to the weaving so that it grows and changes over time. In the afternoon, the drawing class drew and painted images from the Lowenstine Estate, just a short walk from the school campus.

Mary Anna

Bace setting up the Earth Loom (Photo by Nancy Schwartz)

Bace setting up the Earth Loom (Photo by Nancy Schwartz)

Kath drawing in the Boathouse at the Estate (Photo by Nancy Schwartz)

Kath drawing in the Boathouse at the Estate (Photo by Nancy Schwartz)

Casey and Megan collaborate on the nature weaving (Photo by Nancy Schwartz)

Casey and Megan collaborate on the nature weaving (Photo by Nancy Schwartz)

Jaclyn draws on the Lowenstine Estate lawn (Photo by Nancy Schwartz)

Jaclyn draws on the Lowenstine Estate lawn (Photo by Nancy Schwartz)

 

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