2005-2006 Events Calendar
 
August
Graduate fellows begin training and planning for 2005-06 school year.
 
Saturday-Sunday, August 29-30
Graduate fellows take a field trip to the Angelo Reserve in preparation for future overnight field trips with students.
 
September
Work in classrooms at our four schools begin. After observing in the classroom, our graduate fellows introduce themselves to their students and begin weekly lessons. This fall, all of our classes will be studying the biodiversity of their own school yard and making a collection of observations, animal sign, insects, and plants that can be found right on the school grounds.
 
October
Monday-Thursday, October 3-6
Our Berkeley High School Environmental lab sections continue their collaboration with campus Environmental Scientists (Office of Environmental Health and Safety), graduate students (Society for Conservation Biology) and the spring 2005 Plant Ecology lab (Dept. of Integrative Biology) to restore native vegetation in the Grinnell Nature Area of Strawberry Creek near Oxford St. Last spring our students, together with UCB Plant Ecology students, weeded out the non-native plants. This year, our students continue the removal of non-native plants, and pot seedlings of native plants which will be put into the ground. More weeding will be done in November, and they will begin putting the native plants into the ground in late November through January.
 
Tuesday and Thursday, October 11 and 13
Berkeley High School classes visit the UC Botanical Gardens.
 
Friday, October 14
Richmond High School takes a field trip to the Sierra Tahoe National Forest. They stop at different elevations along the way to study how communities of plants and animals change with increasing elevation and the changing terrain.
 
Friday-Sunday, October 21-23
Pittsburg High School takes a three-day field trip to Sagehen Creek Field station in the Sierra.
 
November
Friday-Sunday, November 4-6
Our Period 1 Adams Middle School class take a three-day field trip to the Hastings Natural History Reserve.
 
Sunday, November 30
Our Richmond High School class visits the Berkeley Natural History Museums.
 
December
Thursday, December 1
Pittsburg High School takes a day trip to study the waterfowl and wetlands at the DOW wetland in Pittsburg.
 
Friday-Sunday, December 2-4
Our Period 2 Adams Middle School class takes a three-day trip to the Hastings Natural History Reserve.
 
Mark Stromberg, resident Director of the Hastings Natural History Reserve, has installed a set of coverboards along one of the trails. When schools visit, students will be able to monitor the reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates that use the boards.
 
January
Tuesday-Thursday, January 10-12
Berkeley High School Environmental Science Labs continue their Strawberry Creek restoration effort, planting several hundred seedlings of native plant species along the banks of the creek in the Grinnell Nature Area.
 
Wednesday-Thursday, January 25-26
Berkeley High School classes will visit the Berkeley Natural History Museums.
 
February
Monday-Tuesday, February 6-7
Adams Middle School students will visit the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, the UC Museum of Paleontology, the Essig Museum of Entomology, and the UC Botanical Gardens where they will be introduced to the extensive collections of plants, vertebrates, and insects held there.
 
Thursday, February 9
Pittsburg High School class will visit the Berkeley Natural History Museums.
 
Thursday, February 16
Richmond High School class will visit Briones, one of the East Bay Regional Parks. They will look at birds and amphibians living in the park, particularly the California newts that breed in the ponds there.
 
Wednesday, February 22
Pittsburg High School will return to the DOW Wetlands to continue their studies of waterfowl, plants, and insects at this restored delta wetland.
 
March
Friday-Sunday, March 24-26
Richmond High School will travel to Hastings Natural History Reserve where they will explore the plants and animals of this oak woodland habitat.
 
Wednesday-Friday, March 29-31
Students from one of the Berkeley High School classes will take a field trip to the Angelo Coast Range Reserve in Mendocino County. They will explore the natural communities along the Eel River there, which include redwood forests, meadows, and chaparral.
 
April
Friday-Sunday, April 7-9
Adams Middle School students will visit the Angelo Coast Range Reserve. Last year, while visiting this site, the Adams group saw a young black bear foraging along the river!
 
Friday-Sunday, April 7-9
Pittsburg High School students will go on a field trip to the Hasting Natural History Reserve where they will see lots of acorn woodpeckers, deer, wildflowers, and western fence lizards.
 
Monday-Friday, April 10-14
A group from Berkeley High School's Environmental Science classes will venture to Santa Cruz Island where they will get a close look at the flora and fauna of the Channel Islands.
 
Friday-Sunday, April 21-23
Another group from one of our Berkeley High School Environmental Science classes will go to the Angelo Coast Range Reserve.
 
Saturday, April 22
The Exploring California Biodiversity program participates in the UC Berkeley annual open house, Cal Day.
 
Friday-Sunday, April 28-30
A second group of Adams Middle Schoolers will go to the Angelo Coast Range Reserve to explore the redwoods and the Eel River.
 
May
Saturday, May 13
Exploring California Biodiversity will hold its end-of-the-year symposium, featuring PowerPoint presentations made by our K-12 students, and student posters presenting the results of their schoolyard and field station biodiversity explorations. See photos from the celebration.
 
 
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