Archived Stories for Union County Public Schools
Barrier Island 2011/2012
During the week of September 20th, Fairview's 5th Grade AIG Students had the unique opportunity to learn about and experience nature in a way that is hands-on, memorable and a whole lot of fun. They discovered the the South Carolina marine ecosystem with all of their senses in an open and encouraging environment designed for them to see, smell, touch, hear and, yes, even taste lessons in biology, ecology, conservation, botany and much more.
Their three day adventure included four exciting classes: Seining (estuary ecology), Let's Sea (beach ecology, salt marsh, and mud pit), Need a Friend (problem solving and team building), and Claws & Woodstalk (maritime forest and marine invertebrates).
The campus includes nearly one mile of beach, 100 acres of salt marsh, 200 acres of undisturbed maritime forest, freshwater ponds, and a freshwater swamp. Barrier Island facilities include classrooms, numerous outdoor teaching sites, arts and crafts building, climate controlled gymnasium, low ropes course, beach front recreation hall, lighted outdoor recreation field, a health center, full service dining hall and climate controlled beach front cabins with bathrooms.
Written by: Richard Wikfors
Posted: Sep 29, 2011 by Richard Wikfors