Ordinarily, a local field trip is not enough to write home about. But the field trips Dr. Thompson has scheduled for Common Plants of Oklahoma this fall may be an exception.
The idea is simple:
To study common plants of Oklahoma, you need to get out and look at the common plants of Oklahoma! (Not just read about them or look at pictures on the internet or a Wiki.)
So, the plan is to make the class "field trip heavy." The first field trip is just north of Alva, followed by trips to area attractions rich in natural history. Then, it's back to the basics on the back roads of the immediate area: north, south, east and west of Alva.
- September 11: Outskirts of Alva, north of town
- September 18: Little Sahara State Park
- September 25: Boiling Springs State Park
- October 2: Great Salt Plains National Wildlife Reserve
- October 9: Outskirts of Alva, west of town
- October 16: Outskirts of Alva, south of town
- October 23: Outskirts of Alva, east of town
- October 30: Outskirts of Alva, north of town
The moral of this story is very likely what many in the science building try to drive home to their students every semester and through outreach activities : Anyone can do science and you can do science anywhere. All you have to do is look around, appreciate what's in your own back yard and follow up your observations with some questions that guide you to dig a little deeper . . .
Posted on Thu, September 6, 2012
by Steve Maier