FMSA Sponsors BioBlitz | Environment
SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Twenty-six students at First Montessori School of Atlanta recently participated in a BioBlitz. Assisted by Eric King, owner of King Landscaping, and Jillian Elleby, an FMSA science teacher, the students worked in two-person teams using a camera and log book to find and identify as many species of plants, animals, microbes, fungi and other organisms as possible in a natural area on the school campus.
FMSA's seven-acre campus is located in a residential area in Sandy Springs and includes open as well as wooded property.
"The BioBlitz was a fun and exciting way for our students to learn about biological diversity and how best to protect an ecosystem," said Upper Elementary School Teacher Livia Osorio.
Also known as a biological inventory or a biological census, the primary goal of a BioBlitz is to get an overall count of the plants, animals, fungi and other organisms that live in a place.
"Stewardship of the environment is a core value at First Montessori School of Atlanta," said Head of School Jerri King. "Understanding the complex relationship that exists between people and the earth is important to a child's knowledge of the environment. By integrating the natural world into classroom study, students become advocates for the world around them."
Last year, FMSA students participated in an Electronic Field Trip to Saguaro National Park. EFTs teach students core subject matter using national parks as classrooms.
An Electronic Field Trip consists of two components: 1) a televised broadcast from a national park featuring National Park Service Rangers and youth hosts and 2) a website featuring downloadable lesson plans for teachers and interactive games for students.
National Geographic plans to conduct a BioBlitz in a different national park each year during the decade leading up to the U.S. National Park Service Centennial in 2016.
Located at 5750 Long Island Drive, First Montessori School of Atlanta serves the needs of children 18 months through 14 years of age.