Canoemobile on Hobart's Lake George
The Dunes Learning Center and The Field Museum's Mighty Acorns program teamed up with the City of Hobart and Voyageur Canoe Canoemobile program to create real-life experiences for our 4th, 5th and 6th grade Brickies! Mighty Acorns is an elementary environmental education program that engages 4th and 5th grade students and teachers in the Midwest in stewardship, explorations, and meaningful interactions with their local ecosystems through field studies and hands-on, action-based learning opportunities that allow them to develop a lasting connection with nature. The program strives to build an environmentally literate next generation that has the know-how and inspiration to take care of nature in their communities resulting in a healthier planet. Learn more about The Field Museums Mighty Acorns program by clicking this link.
In 2 hour sessions students rotated in small groups working with City of Hobart employees to examine water quality and how pollution affects our water source of Lake George and Lake Michigan. The students learned about the different specimens that exist in our water and land environments and were amazed how most survive in the ever changing climate of Northwest Indiana. Next, the groups worked with the Voyageur Canoe captains on team training skills, and a trip through Lake George. Some students had never been on a boat before and most saw places in Hobart that they did not know even existed! It is amazing what our great Lake George can show us! This was an educational journey for the students and many conquered their fear of being on the water in a canoe. All enjoyed seeing a side of our great city from a different view and creating a better understanding of the environment and our beautiful planet. Studnet groups will continue to travel Lake George until October 16th.
Check out these great pictures from some of the trips!