A Snow College biology teacher has received a $28,000 grant from the National Science Foundation that will enable him to teach other teachers how to conduct field trips.
Edward Boyer will use the money to establish a biological field station this summer on the northern Gulf of California, where 15 high school and college instructors will spend a week learning how to prepare and organize field studies in zoology, marine biology and animal behavior. During the week, the participants will run a field trip of their own as a training experience."You can't exist in teaching alone, and you can't be a scientist by just teaching science," Boyer said. "You have to be out there seeing, touching and keeping up with nature."
Boyer thinks that field study experiences are an effective way to teach. And he should know. For the past 13 years, he's been teaching field courses in the Gulf of California to Boy Scouts, boarding school students, college students and adults.
Field trips, he said, generate interest, knowledge, enthusiasm and a feeling for nature.
But why the Gulf of California? "Because it's an extremely unique environment. In fact, the only place similar to the California gulf in the world is the Red Sea.
"The difference in high and low tide may be a mile or more and that makes for some fascinating changes and allows for some unique plant and animal life," Boyer said. "It's a great place to study biology."