Related Brandwein Outdoor Learning Activities

Certain plans grown only in wetlands and thus identify a wetland area. It would be useful to positively identify these plants by photographing them with a digital camera.  Recording your discoveries digitally will focus attention to small details that are otherwise easy to overlook. The digital record can also be used as a future reference back in the classroom. Students often believe that all science observations must be quantitative. But there is ample room in science for qualitative observations. This activity encourages students who tend to be more right-brained, aesthetic or artistic to take ownership of the observation process. It ends with a discussion of how judgments are formed about the environment. See the activity “Caught You: Using Digital Cameras to Investigate Science.