What is MOSS?
You can think of MOSS as the ultimate field trip! Held at the University of Idaho facility located in Ponderosa State Park in McCall, Idaho, hands-on classes are conducted in the coniferous forest, at the edge of a mountain stream, on the shore of the lake, and in the meadow. The most useful tools for learning are readily available; the students’ five senses. The subject of ecosystem science serves as the context for standards-based study of science, technology, mathematics, and language arts. Students typically learn in small teams, taught by University of Idaho graduate students, faculty, and staff. Each day, teams of 8-10 students accompany their instructors to field sites to scientifically characterize local ecosystems. They collect data on local atmospheric conditions, vegetative cover, soil characteristics, and aquatic ecosystems’ physical, chemical, and biological conditions. Finally, students work with fellow teammates and instructors to develop their own inquiry projects which they present to their classmates and teachers at the end of the week.
Questions about MOSS? Learn more about MOSS on their website at: http://www.uidaho.edu/cnr/moss/about
Mark Your Calendar - Mr. Pratt will be providing MOSS information and have MOSS Question & Answers time during his “Tiger Talk” session scheduled for Thursday, August 25 at 6:00 p.m. You are invited to bring your questions, concerns, and come to find out more.
Trip Dates & Times
Departure: Monday, October 24, 2016 (approx. 9:30 a.m.), Return: Friday, October 28, 2016 (approx. 1:00 p.m.)
For more detail about Rolling Hills trip to McCall Outdoor Science School, visit our MOSS page on the school website at: http://www.rhpcs.org/middle-school-moss-trip.html