Our Road Scholars braved the cold to gather materials to create a series of coiled baskets. They visited Wallops Island to collect cordgrass and oyster shells. Most of the time they were busy coiling in the warm Education Center! The technique used is similar to that used to construct pine needle baskets which is a Native American basketry form.
Yesterday CBFS staff woke up to nearly eight inches of fresh fallen snow on our campus. For those of you who aren't familiar with the Eastern Shore of Virginia, we should preface this with the fact that even an inch of snow here closes all schools, businesses, and prohibits travel on most roadways. The Shore essentially shuts down and an official snow day is called.
At CBFS, however, things don't stop for a little precipitation! By 7AM our Education Team (who live on site) could be found shoveling and salting the sidewalks, cooking up a delicious breakfast, and preparing for a full-day of programming! We had two fabulous groups in house this week - Road Scholar Coastal Basketry and the Winter Coastal Ecology Homeschool program. While schedules were slightly altered to ensure safety, we're pretty sure that both groups had an enjoyable time and learned a lot!
Homeschoolers got the full "winter" experience with all the snow during their Winter Coastal Ecology program.
CBFS held its third annual Nature Lovers Dinner & Trivia this Valentines Day. Sixteen couples participated in this friendly competition where they were quizzed on their knowledge of birds and the bees - sometimes quite literally! Congratulations to our trivia winners - Sarah & Mike Casseday.
Although the temperatures have been lingering around freezing this week, CBFS hosted its first school groups of the year! Over 300 students from Nandua Middle School, Arcadia Middle School, and Shore Christian Academy joined us in beta testing our new curriculum. Students visited the maritime forest, the marsh, intertidal zone, and dunes to learn about barrier island coastal ecology through our newly adapted inquiry-based curriculum based off of the Lawrence Hall of Science’s BEETLES program. Students are encouraged to make observations through sensory activities and spend even more time learning in the field. Teachers and students provided us with helpful feedback which we are now incorporating into lesson planning. We're excited that the season has officially begun and to see so many enthusiastic participants coming from our own community!
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