Wild Ones is an education project designed to connect elementary students with environmental science and promote critical thinking from wild perspectives – starting with the 2, 663-mile Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).
During a through-hike of the PCT, Brooke Osborne and Gavin Morris will teach environmental science and share their trail experiences with 4th grade students. Heidi Sontag, a USGS-appointed intern, will work from Fort Collins to relay correspondence with the hikers along the trail, compile supporting educational materials and edit video to create blog entries each week.
The goal of this program is to encourage enthusiasm for and curiosity about the great diversity of landscapes and wildlife spanning the western US, as well as outdoor recreation and stewardship. Students will learn to “think like a scientist” by discussing questions that the hikers and other experts pose, and have their own questions about environmental science and trail life answered.
To achieve this our team is collaborating with local 4th grade educator Katie Guillbert and professional videographer Nathaniel Robinson to create an interactive multi-media blog that classrooms across the country can access. The entries you will find here are intended for that purpose.
Although the content of these posts is designed to supplement 4th grade science education please take a look. We welcome feedback and suggestions for improving this model of interactive education. Happy Trails!