Ecology classes great opportunity for high school students

Madison Ecology

Students at Madison High School have the opportunity to take courses in Ecology, beginning with Ecology I and advancing to Honors Ecology II. These courses are great options for students who have an interest in learning how to communicate as young scientists in and beyond the community about complex environmental issues, as well as encouraging students to make changes in their community to solve real-world problems. 

Ecology I is a basic course in which students work to develop a level of observation, taking into account the interplay between the social, economical, cultural, and ethical issues that are often overlooked when addressing environmental issues. Honors Ecology II students adopt “Take Action Projects” where they adopt, design, build, monitor, and share real-time data from a variety of green projects. These projects are multifaceted and engage a variety of learning styles, including kinesthetic (the builders), visual (such as building websites, making art, photographs, movies), logical/mathematical (the designers), and verbal (such as film narration). 

“Take Action Projects” students have been working on include: 

  • Aquaponics systems, where fish and plants live in a closed environment

  • Organic vegetable & herb garden

  • Composting

  • Bioswales, which are channels designed to concentrate stormwater runoff while removing debris and pollution

  • Tree inventory using identification tags

  • Outdoor classrooms & land labs

  • Sensory gardens

  • Ecology outreach programs between high school and elementary students within the district


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