Advanced placement science students from the Elkhorn Area High School had a “Day in the Woods” Tuesday, May 1st at Beulah Bluff Preserve.
Funded by the Elkhorn Fund, the students traveled in groups to four different learning stations for the day-long adventure.
The first station was learning about trees and the value of native plants. Students learned how to identify trees without leaves and saw some early blooming spring plants. Garlic mustard, an invasive species, was spotted and pulled up.
The second station was water quality that included a pontoon boat ride to the middle of Lake Beulah. Students learned about the physical characteristics of the lake and how to sample for dissolved oxygen and determine water clarity using the Secchi disk.
Third was brush clearing. The steep west side of the preserve had invasive species of brush, so professionals cut it down and the students helped stack it for burning in the winter.
The final station was a geology and history lesson. The students walked the property to see the glacial kettle topography and learn about human occupancy.
This annual event is one of the valuable community service outreach events provided by the Kettle Moraine Land Trust. Beulah Bluff Preserve is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to visit it!