Posted by: csdailyblog | March 15, 2010

Snowshoeing for Science

Environmental Monitoring teacher Andrew Milbauer kicks up some snow with his snowshoes while accompanying his class on a hike to Sylvania.

Bace, Jake and Hannah look for evidence they can use to identify tree species.

The Environmental Monitoring class went on a snowshoe hike to the next-door Sylvania Wilderness last week in order to learn more about tree identification and geological features of the area. Specifically, students were looking for hemlock stands and learning how to distinguish hemlock trees from other coniferous species. (Check the gallery below to see Bace using all of his senses to identify trees.) In addition, Science Teacher Andrew Milbauer pointed out to the class evidence of the heavy glaciation in this area of Wisconsin, for example the many razor-back ridges and depressions that can make bushwhacking through our forests challenging. This area owes a lot of its beauty — the deep lakes and rugged terrain — to the force of the glaciers.

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