Fourth graders recently worked with Mr. Clay Morris, a restoration ecologist, to explore the plant life on the Crocker Conservancy through plot sampling. Students identified the types of plants that were growing in a square meter plot of the native wildflower meadow and a random square meter plot outside of the meadow. Mr. Morris and Mrs. Coutts taught the students how to estimate the percent coverage of plants in the plot sample using their fists as a visual of one percent coverage.
The lesson also explored Japanese stiltgrass and the impact this invasive species has in our local areas as well as the reasoning behind the controlled burn of the meadow last winter. Learn more about the controlled burn in the video below: