Grade 6 students checking out what’s below the surface at Collins Lake

JUNE 1, 2017
When we look at Collins Park in Scotia, we might see people walking around, kids playing on the playground, a few dogs on leashes being walked or maybe a game or two on the field.

When sixth-graders looked at the park, they saw a lot more. They see up to 25 different invasive species living there, below the surface.

David Swain and Danielle Bogue took grade 6 students to the park to check out those species.
Swain said that 70 or so of the students had downloaded an app called Imapinvasives, an online invasive species database and mapping system.

Swain said the students studied the species and uploaded the information to the Imapinvasives website to later be confirmed by real scientists in the field who will confirm the species found were accurate and in that specific area.

The students without phones had other objectives including identifying non-invasive species that are common to the area and determining whether they were classified as monocots or dicots.

An additional objective was for students to identify various adaptations specific plants use to help them survive whether it was structural, behavioral or both. This objective was achieved by observing the leaves of a plant, the size, shape and color of the petals, the root structure and the method of seed dispersal the plant used.

Here are a few photos from the field trip. Click on the photos to enlarge them.