Arthur Holden Leadership Institute Student Field Trips in May

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The Lake County Outdoor Y’s Arthur Holden Leadership Institute students are busy in May. AHLI sixth grade students from Heritage Middle School and Chardon Schools will travel to the Holden Arboretum to examine our local watersheds. Additionally, AHLI seventh grade Heritage students will begin planting a garden, while eighth grade AHLI students tour Renewable Energy Sources throughout Mentor.

Students Tour Holden Arboretum

The Holden Arboretum will host the sixth grade AHLI Heritge students on May 8, and the sixth grade AHLI Chardon students on May 19. Students will hike our local watershed systems with experts. During the tour, AHLI students will gain a better understanding of our local watershed system interconnections and affect on Lake Erie and its ecosystems, especially habitat diversity and wildlife. Students will also explore streams and rivers to study and record the macro invertebrates they find along the way.

Then, on Wednesday, May 20, the seventh grade AHLI Heritage students will use their new knowledge about planting, growing and harvesting a garden as they plant small pumpkins and decorative gourds at school. After harvest in the fall, students will then paint their pumpkins and dry the gourds to be recycled into birdhouses. They will also be taking home a sunflower plant to observe during the summer. Students will be journaling as their sunflower grows and have a contest to see which plant grew the tallest.

Explore Renewable Energy Sources in Lake County

In addition to completing their capstone AHLI Graduation Community Service project, the eighth grade AHLI Heritage students will explore renewable energy sources in Lake County on a bus tour on Friday, May 15. They will visit a solar powered home in Mentor and meet with naturalist Becky Donaldson from the Mentor Marsh Nature Center, managed by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, to discuss a new project at the marsh where phragmites are cut down and sold to a small company that will burn them to make biofuels. (The biofuels harvesting experiment is funded by grants.) Students will then visit another renewable energy home in Chardon.

Whether Arthur Holden Leadership Institute students are in their classroom, at the Lake County Outdoor Y, on field trips exploring their community or working on service projects, the Institute’s emphasis is on active participation. AHLI promotes communication and leadership among students while they work individually, on a team and with experts in the field. As a result, the students enhance their math and science skills and problem solving abilities, learn about our environment and increase the likelihood of their future academic success.

Gabe Arnold
Author: Gabe Arnold