Children's Day on the Farm
For the past three years in June, our school's FFA Chapter has been volunteering at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum's Children's Day on the Farm. The FFA members have several tables set up with educational activities for children. The students engage the children in these activities to promote agriculture education. Last year we had a two baby alpacas for for children to meet in addition to our usual fun and games.
Diamondback Terrapin Raise and Release Program
Calvert High School has been raising and releasing terrapins in the classroom for many years. This year's terrapins again come from National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD. The Aquarium staff comes to Calvert County to train our teachers every year in terrapin husbandry and aquarium science. This year, a CHS Agricultural Science student, is participating in an experimental design to test the effect of water temperature on the growth rate of terrapins. Her work will be sent to Dr. Willem Roosenberg, a terrapin scientist at Ohio University. The terrapins, after being fitted with a microchip transmitter, are released each spring on Poplar Island where they were collected from nests on the beach still in their egg shells.
The Patuxent Environmental and Aquatic Research Center (PEARL) hosts CHS students who participate in the Plankton and Nutrient Studies (PLANS) program several times during the school year. Staff visits the school and introduces the program to Environmental Science students in the Fall and Spring preceding each field visit. Shortly after the visit, the students travel to PEARL. At the lab they spend 1/2 day on the research boat and 1/2 day in the PEARL Labs. Back at the school they research nutrient limitations from collected water. During the school year students collect water samples, identify plankton, and report results to the PEARL scientist. This is all part of the Phytoplankton Monitoring Network.