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To supplement the science curriculum on terrestrial and aquatic environments, the science department planned a completely new day-long field trip to nearby Caumsett State Park. With the help of Brett Curlew, an advisor to Green Vale's marine science club, and Oceans Wide, an organization that pairs students and scientists, the 5th Grade participated in a variety of hands-on activities. They identified vascular and non-vascular plants as well as invasive species such as the common reed grass. They identified evidence of erosion and other factors that affect the environment. The park's landscape allowed for clear comparison of deciduous and coniferous forests. They analyzed pond ecology and pond matter, testing pH levels for acidity. They used a dichotomous key to identify macroinvertebrates. An exciting capstone to the day was the sight of two bald eagles migrating through the area, a rarity for Lloyd Harbor.



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