Spring High School Course
Ecology of the Piedmont and Southern Appalachians

Ruth Patrick Science Education Center
University of South Carolina Aiken

This spring-semester course is the equivalent of a 1/2-credit high school lab science course, and will focus on Ecology of the Piedmont and Southern Appalachians. There will also be a 1/2-credit fall semester course that will focus on the Ecology of Central and Coastal South Carolina. 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: Spring 2014

March 17, 1-5 pm: Intro to the Piedmont, "Rafting with Raptors", Forest in winter
March 24, 1-5 pm: Steven's Creek Preserve or Augusta Canal trail
March 31, 1-5 pm: Intro to the Blue Ridge, topographic profiles, review rocks and minerals
April 7-9: 3-day trip to upstate SC including Table Rock State Park, Oconee State Park, Whitewater Falls and a cold water hatchery
April 14, 1-4 pm: trip review, field journal check, test
April 21, 1-5 pm: hike at Heggies Rock near Augusta
April 28, 1-5 pm: visit National Wild Turkey Center in Edgefield
May 5, 1-4 pm: hike Hitchcock Woods to see kalmia in bloom
May 12, 1-4 pm: Presentations, review for final
May 19, 1-5 pm: Final exam, trip preparations
June 2-7: Trip to Tremont Institute of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

URL = http://rpsec.usca.edu/Courses/FieldEcology/FieldEcoHSspring.html (March 2014)