We believe that the mind responds to the rich, interconnected patterns of the natural world, which is why field study is central to our curriculum. This is an opportunity for students to practice scientific thinking, reasoning, and skills in a real, tactile way. Every week, classes walk or take the bus to different locations around Shasta County to engage in a field study. This is essentially where students learn out in the field.
One way we empower student voice and choice is by allowing student curiosity to lead the learning on field studies. Some examples of field studies are…
- study rivers and streams
- animal migrations patterns and populations
- study ecosystems
- identify and count birds
- experiment with solar energy
- classify plants and insects
- assist with habitat restoration
- sit quietly and make observations of their environment
Thus, Chrysalis students spend a significant amount of time outdoors - rain or shine - on weekly field studies and seasonal camping trips experiencing the rich natural life of our region. By exposing students to the natural world found in their own backyard, they not only feel connected to nature but also to their community. They are building awareness, knowledge, and appreciation for native flora and fauna [plants and animals]. Through these outdoor experiences, we hope to foster a desire to protect and conserve the native environment. This will help us to achieve one of our original missions of growing active stewards of the natural world.