South Albany High School students in Carla Streng’s science classes are combining instruction and service learning. Since 2014, students studying biodiversity have volunteered their time and labor to improve local watershed habitats.
Three of the students presented information about the project, which started in 2014, to the School Board on Sept. 25.
Pictured (from left): Terran Swope, grade 12; Pippa Richardson, grade 10; Ms. Streng; and Angeline Huntington, grade 11.
The project involved work at Bryant Park and included clean-up efforts to restore the natural habitat and remove invasive species.
“A lot of invasive species are crowding out natural species,” said Terrance. We worked with the City of Albany to clean out invasives and remove blackberry vines.”
Angeline said the goal was to remove invasive species and garbage from the park. “To be able to clean that up and preserve our environment into the future is so important,” she said.