Students from Boynton Middle School enjoyed a frenzied day of ecoforestry and woodcraft last May. Here are some pictures, and some quotations from the students:
"I am proud to say, that was the best educational field trip I have ever attended." --Brittany Morse
"...It was a great experience that should continue to happen for seventh graders in the future." --Bobby Ochshorn
"...by the end of the day, I viewed forest ecology in a whole new way. The pure asthetic beauty of the forest alone proved to me that no forest should ever be completely destroyed. We learned that when people cut down the best, strongest trees instead of the weaker onces, it not only kills that tree, but weakens the forest drastically, and destroys the home of many animals. This sparks a chain reaction, and with only weaker trees let, the forest may eventually die." --Sophie Ostkend
"I had fun learning how to test soil for PH, nitrogen, and phosphorus." --Rachel J. Cooper
Daniel Mullins, a professor from Cornell's school of Environmental Engineering, shows students how to measure beam deflection.
"My favorite was the engineering station, where we measured the deflection of wooden beams. It was very interesting how in different positions the beam has different strenghts." --Peter Wheeler
"My favorite activity was learning about deflection and how much wood would deflect. It was so cool to learn about how engineers use it." -- Jonathan Yale-Loehr.
"...we learned how to map the trees around us. During this I learned how to tell trees apart by their leaves. We used a compass to tell which direction the tree was in and then measured the distance from a stake to the tree. That helped us know where to place the marker on our map. We also got the DBH of the trees to write down." --Alice MacDonald
Students are versed in sawcraft, and the importance of "measure twice ...".
Making wooden pegs by hand.
"There is some primative instince still locked up inside of me that makes hitting something with a hammer the funnest thing I could possibly do" -- Ted Stinson
A seething mass of students in a craft frenzy, working the recently harvested wood.
"My favorite experiences during this field trip were the hands-on portions such as crafts, because that is what made it so unique from the other field trips I have taken over the last couple of years." --Nick Renegar
Making a new friend.
Students saw how this stocky draft horse was able to extract timber with minimal environmental impact.