Summer Habitat Restoration Intern Program

In June, five Barrington High School students participated in the BACT intern program where they learned about habitat restoration at BACT owned Pederson Preserve and Far Field Preserve.  They also participated in stream monitoring at Pederson Preserve.

Each student was asked to complete a questionnaire prior to and after the week program to help the program coordinator, Susan Lenz, gauge program effectiveness.  At the end of each day, Susan asked the students to complete a “reflection log”, answering a few brief questions on what was learned that day.  Susan also challenged the students to prepare a short presentation for parents and BACT board and staff members to illustrate what they learned through their experiences.

The development of future stewards through the various presentations is evident by the video above, created by intern Sean Lucas.  Each student received a framed certificate to commemorate their participation.

Thank you to each student for contributing to BACT’s mission to preserve our community’s rare and exceptional open spaces for current and future generations.

Summer Fun Opportunities

 

EarthDay2016groupBarrington Area Conservation Trust is looking for volunteers who would like to water new plants at Pederson Preserve, directly across from the high school, three times/week during the months of May, June and July.
Watering will take approximately one hour each time.  Days and times are flexible.  Students will receive credit for volunteer hours.
Volunteers are also needed to assist at the annual Concert for Conservation on Saturday, August 27, noon-9:00 PM.  Volunteers will assist in table set-up, welcoming & assisting guests, event clean-up, and various other tasks.  Student volunteers will receive credit for volunteer hours.  BACT t-shirts will be provided to wear during the event.
Please contact Emily at (847) 387-3149 or emily@bactrust.org for more information.

Earth Week Activities

BACT joined thousands of others worldwide to celebrate Earth Day on Friday April 22.

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Thank you to all of the volunteers who joined us at Pederson Preserve located  across from Barrington High School on Earth Day.

Over 30 volunteers met to plant 2000 echinacea seedlings and gather two garbage bins of debris from the road side.   The seedlings, grown by BHS horticulture classes in the school greenhouse this winter, were gently planted in pre-drilled holes and tenderly covered with compost and water.  These new seedlings will give way to a spectacular display of native flowers adding to the beauty of this preserve which has been undergoing restoration efforts since its purchase in 2011.

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BACT Horticulture students see spring on the horizon!

Spring is in the air in the horticulture classrooms.

Horticulture students1 Feb 2016This past week, as part of Barrington Area Conservation Trust’s Conservation@School program, Mr. Ardente and Mr. Kedzie’s Horticulture classes planted 9900 echinacea seeds (purple coneflowers) in the Barrington High School greenhouse.

These native plant seeds will be nurtured in the greenhouse until they are planted on Earth Day at BACT owned Pederson Preserve located across from BHS.

Save the date to join Earth Day festivities on April 22nd and help plant the seedlings.  We will meet at 2:45 in front of the BHS tennis courts and walk over to the planting site.  For more information on how you can participate, contact Susan Lenz, BACT Conservation@School Coordinator, at  susan@bactrust.org.

Summer Internship Opportunity

IMG_0429As an opportunity to students entering tenth through twelfth grades, BACT is offering four internships that will help gain an understanding of and experience with habitat restoration and stream monitoring.  Through assisting with native plant installation and identification as well as invasive plant removal, Flint Creek stream monitoring, and stream data collection/reporting students will be able to participate in activities to broaden their understanding of ecology and environmental topics.

 

For more information and to apply, please click here.

Deadline to submit applications is April 23, 2016.

 

 

 

Conservation Leadership Project Stream Monitoring

BHS Stream Monitor1 Sept2015On Tuesday, September 22 Barrington Area Conservation Trust ‘s Conservation Leadership Project Coordinator, Susan Lenz, led approximately 220 Barrington High School students on a quest in Flint Creek.  The objective?  To input their real world data into a stream monitoring program that will make comparisons between sites from season to season and year to year.

These students from five Barrington High School AP and Honors Environmental Science classes visited one of five sites on a portion of Flint Creek located on the BHS campus.  They performed physical, chemical, and biological tests.  The students will revisit the same site several times throughout the school year and monitor their observations.      BHS Stream Monitor8 Sept2015

BHS teachers from these classes commented that for some of the students this was the first time they had been in a river.  The students reactions were surprise at the variety of living organisms in the river.  The Science Department Chair, Julie Baylor, stated that “everyone is really happy and excited for the next monitoring experience”.

Watch for updated information on the Conservation Leadership Project Stream Monitoring.

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Introducing our Conservation Leadership Project

IMG_2050BACT’s new Conservation Leadership Project is a cooperative community effort that provides classroom programming, hands-on  fieldwork, career exploration, internship opportunities, and extracurricular activities for Barrington High School students interested in conservation.

The BHS Department of Science and Engineering is working closely with BACT to develop a curriculum to promote science literacy though hands-on research.  Students will perform field tests on an area stream at 4-5 different locations and repeat the tests throughout the year, then compile data to assess the quality of the stream.

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