Students study at Sagehen Station |

Students study at Sagehen Station

Seth Lightcap/Sierra SunStudents take a break from field study to play a few rounds of tug-of-war.

Fifth graders from Truckee and Glenshire elementary schools returned to Sagehen Field Station this week to finish up year-long plant science and ecology lessons.

The students began their studies at the UC Berkeley research station north of Truckee last October with an overnight stay. The field study days have been led by UC Berkeley graduate students who also visited local classrooms in mid-February to reinforce lessons.

“The Sagehen program directly relates to our plant science curriculum,” said Glenshire Elementary fifth grade teacher Monika Bock. “It gets them involved in their own environment and lets them see the plant communities of their area.”

Mixing classes from two schools has also had social benefits.

“Having both schools come together has been a great opportunity for the kids to meet each other before middle school,” said Bock.

In their final day at Sagehen the students conducted stream surveys, identified native wildflowers, examined grasshopper populations and performed team-building exercises. With flowing streams and blossoming flowers everywhere the setting couldn’t have been better.

“There is not a more perfect environment for learning about the Tahoe-Truckee ecosystem anywhere,” said Bock.