"We don't inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."
- David Brower
Ecosystem in the classroom
At every school, we install several tanks that simulate local microcosms, such as streams or ponds. Students raise a diverse variety of native plants and animals that they will release at the end. Throughout the year, students learn about local food chains and the interdependence of life.
Caption: Students plant Bacopa Monnieri into the substrate of their tidal Potomac tank.
Virtual Reality workshop
We believe that classrooms should incorporate the latest advances in teaching, and we strive to integrate 21st century teaching tools into our curriculum. Virtual reality is one tool that allows students to have more immersive and meaningful learning experiences.
Caption: Students in Maury Elementary School take a trip to the Amazon rainforest.
It’s important that students see the value of environmental science in not only education and public policy but also in commerce. In our lab, students have bred and sold a combination of native and exotic species to raise $3500 for conservation.
Caption: An volunteer proudly displays the crayfish his students have bred in their indoor culture.
Youth fishing program
Spending quality time outdoors is important part of gaining an appreciation for the environment and what it can offer. We run a free fishing program in the spring, summer, and fall where we take youth to local ponds and streams in partnership with local landowners.
Caption: Holding their rods, students at the Clarksville program stand together for a picture.
The Bioma Project recruits and sends high and middle school students in its program to volunteer in environmental service projects throughout Maryland. Youth participate in stream cleanups, invasive weed removals, nature hikes, and other volunteer programs.
Caption: Every year, the Bioma Project sends a group of high schoolers to help out at Trout Unlimited’s City Catch.
At the core of the Bioma Project’s mission is to nurture the next generation of conservationists. We do that by assigning experienced members, particularly officers, to mentor younger members. By doing soon, we guide our students to further their environmental stewardship.
Caption: Swansfield Elementary School students are trained by Atholton High School students on propagating native aquatic plants.
High School fishing teams
Fishing has been a large part of the Bioma Project’s set of activities. We use fishing to encourage youth to go outdoors and connect with nature. We have set up fishing teams among high schools to encourage conservationism and bring outdoor activities to the spotlight.
Caption: Members of the River Hill High School Fishing Team pose for a picture.
Stream Murals and Paintings
We believe that learning is more than just memorizing facts. There is a creative side to youth that isn’t always brought to light by conventional education. We made the Bioma curriculum to be art-heavy to encourage the students to engrain their knowledge in unique ways.
Caption: Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School students create a mural about their local stream’s ecology.
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