I completed a four-week internship with the School of the Wild at the Macbride Nature and Recreation Area. I participated in environmental education programming for elementary schools on a wide range of topics including raptor migration, bird banding, prairie restoration and management, the natural history of wetlands and outdoor recreation. In the School of the Wild, teachers are continually challenged with keeping student’s attention and creating methodology that will ensure that the students do in-fact learn. In my experiences at Macbride I learned ways to turn the outdoors into a classroom for a variety of purposes, and was able to provide students with hands-on educational experiences they may never forget. A brief summary of my daily experiences during the internship will be made available, and I will discuss the benefits of programs such as this both to the local community and to the field of education.
Eric Byrne, ’01 Cedar Rapids, IA
Majors: Biology and Secondary Education
Sponsor: Robert Black