Fall High School Course
Ecology of Central and Coastal South Carolina

Ruth Patrick Science Education Center
University of South Carolina Aiken

This fall-semester course is the equivalent of a 1/2-credit high school lab science course, and will focus on Ecology of Central and Coastal South Carolina. There will also be a 1/2-credit spring semester course that will focus on the Ecology of the Piedmont and Southern Appalachians. Each semester will consist of over 90 hours of exciting hands-on instruction at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center (RPSEC) and inspiring outdoor field experiences. The fall and spring sessions may be taken independently or together.

Dr. Gary J. Senn and Darlene Smalley will be the instructors for this course. Please email Darlene at darlenes@usca.edu for further information. Click for registration form.

Tentative Schedule for High School Field Ecology Course: Fall 2013

August 21, 1-5 pm: Intro to Ecology, Maps & Compasses, and Orienteering on Campus
August 28, 1-5 pm: Exploring Earth Resources and Geocaching on Campus
September 9, 1-5 pm: Plant Identification and Dichotomous Keys, Plant Walk on Campus
September 16, 1-5 pm: Explore Hitchcock Woods
September 23, 8 am - 4 pm: Silver Bluff Audubon Center – pond & forest ecology, soil pit
September 30, 1-5 pm: Aiken State Park, canoeing
October 7, 1-5 pm: Aiken Gopher Tortoise Heritage Preserve
October 12, 10 am - 2 pm: Science Education Enrichment Day
October 14, 1-5 pm: Student presentations, Planetarium Show on Weather
October 21, 1-5 pm: Explore Hitchcock Woods, sample Black Gum Pond and stream water
October 30 - November 1: 3-day trip to Barrier Island Environmental Ed. Program, Seabrook Is, SC with a stop at Orangeburg National Fish Hatchery on 9/18
November 4, 1-5 pm: at RPSEC
November 11, 7 am -5 pm: Congaree National Park, stop enroute at Peachtree Rock Nature Preserve in Lexington County
November 18, 1-5 pm: Horse Creek Valley
November 25, 1-5 pm: Carolina Bays, visit one near Odell Weeks Center in Aiken
December 2, 1-5 pm: at RPSEC
December 9, 1-5 pm: Final presentations and final exam

URL = http://rpsec.usca.edu/Courses/FieldEcology/FieldEcoHSfall.html (July 2013)