Outdoor Education Field Program
The Highland Community School District is a member of the Wisconsin Green Schools Network. This partnership allows us to take part in WGSN' s Field Program, which provides students at all grade levels the chance to work with a field biologist on a weekly basis. Students spend field days outside working on projects involving the different outdoor spaces on the school grounds. Our field biologist also organizes off campus projects that involve trips to local areas such as Blackhawk Lake, Governor Dodge State Park, and Big Springs.
Meet our Field Biologist, Kim Wahl!
Kim Wahl has 19 years of experience teaching science. She received her BSE degree from UW-Whitewater and her MST in Biology degree from UW-Stevens Point. Some of the classes that she has taught over the years include Oceanography, Earth Science, Biology, Environmental Science, and Advanced Placement Environmental Science. Kim continues to take science courses and workshops, many of them focused on learning in the field. She joined WI Green Schools Network in 2014 and has been working for them as a field biologist and also as a program coordinator. She loves teaching in the field and looks forward to each field day!
Target Messages of Field Program
- Nature, our economy, and our society are interconnected and dependent upon one another. Human health - mental, physical, and emotional - is dependent upon environmental health.
- We can be stewards of the land who sustainability manage and preserve the natural environment.
- Human and natural communities together make up one’s place. A strong sense of place fosters positive environmental attitudes.
- We learn through exploration, inquiry, and investigation of our natural surroundings.
- Knowledge and understanding on how ecosystems function and how to interact safely with nature is important.
- Nature holds intrinsic value and provides a peaceful space for relaxation and reflection.