September 22, 2017
Kimball students enjoyed an adventure at the Environmental Education Center in Seagoville, Texas on Monday, 9/18 and Tuesday, 9/19. The student mission was to test the water quality of the EEC lake. Students hiked through the forest, put on their waders, and collected samples to test for dissolved oxygen, pH, turbidity, and invertebrates. They determined that the lake was productive, but water pollution might negatively affect the ecosystem in coming months.
On their Forest Ecology hike, students explored the native Texan plants animals in the Blackland Prairie, the most endangered ecosystem in North America. They learned about evolutionary adaptations, ecological relationships, and how nature recovers from natural disasters. Many even overcame fears of spiders, snakes, and potential coyotes!
The EEC visit was a great way to introduce students to nature, teamwork, field collections, and build our Environmental Science community. It also addressed several TEKS/objectives included in upcoming ACP and AP exams. Many thanks to the chaperones, administrators, support staff, and teachers who came together to make this visit possible.
The Dallas ISD Environmental Education Center is open to the public. The EEC is hosting an open house from 10am to 2pm on September 30th for all Dallas ISD employees and their families.