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Sandy Island: connecting the classroom to the land
Southeast Region, April 19, 2005
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For three days in April (19-21), staff from Waccamaw, Santee and Cape Romain Refuges and the SEWEE Association traveled to Sandy Island to await Waccamaw Middle School students. Teachers and 180 seventh-graders took the school boat to see firsthand what they had studied in class - the natural and cultural history of the 12,000-acre island. Students learned about the ?Carolina Gold? rice culture, examined animal skulls, observed an active red-cockaded woodpecker cavity, and honed observation skills searching for ?pipe-lizards? in the long-leaf pine forest. Waccamaw Middle School participates in South Carolina's ?Using the Environment as an Integrating Context for Learning? program, which uses natural and community surroundings to foster an understanding of the interrelationships among natural and social systems.

Contributed by: Patricia Lynch, Sewee Visitor Center, Cape Romain NWR, Awendaw, SC

No contact information available. Please contact Larry Dean, 612-713-5313, larry_dean@fws.gov
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