Mangroves and Me: A Nature Lesson for Young Ecologists

Mangroves and Me: A Nature Lesson for Young Ecologists

NYU students RaeJean Boyd, Anna Hoch, Barbara Leary, and Kym Mendez worked with a local elementary school, Hong Kong Academy, to design and conduct a half-day nature lesson revolving around the ecology of Hoi Ha. Their vision for the learning experience was to integrate play and experiential learning to engage fifth graders in environmental action. Learning about mangrove and wetlands was integrated with hands-on activities, including kayaking, planting mangrove propagules, and identifying freshwater insects. Assessment revolved around interpretive drawings that the kids created to capture the day’s activities. The lesson is being formally integrated into the Academy’s curriculum.