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IHS Riparian Buffer Project

Thorn Creek Habitat Improvement Project

Students in Mr. Andrews’  Fisheries Science class (also known as Trout in the Classroom) recently had a real world learning opportunity. The students formed “companies” and made a pitch to their “clients: on why they believe their company should be selected for funding of the riparian buffer project at Thorn Creek.

Student groups were given a site for which they had to develop a site plan for construction and must explain why their plan is the best. The audience, which includes administrators, teachers and other ESP students, all participated in judging the presentations. 

Then on October 17, 36 students in the BIHS ESP program traveled to the Thorn Creek Habitat Improvement Project to complete the a riparian buffer planting based upon the previously developed proposals. 

Members of Mr. Cochran's TV Video Production class accompanied the group to document the activities of the day and create a video to be placed on the BIHS TIC YouTube Channel.  Students completed plantings at all five sites, installing a total of 150 native tree and shrub seedlings to better help our local watershed. 

A big thank you to the Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation for funding this project, and to the Connoquenessing Watershed Alliance for allowing us the use of a power auger to help with installation.

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