Science studies take students to zoo adventure

Friday, September 20, 2019

A group of 53 sixth graders from Alta-Aurelia Middle School in Aurelia will take their annual trek to the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo on October 4th.

“It goes with our science studies,” said science teacher Amy Meyer, who leads the event. She teaches sixth grade science and STEM classes at the middle school. “It helps students understand the interaction of the different organisms,” she said.

Within an eco-system, it is important for students to understand living and non-living organisms, Meyer said, living being animals and plants and non-living such as soil. More than 14 adults will attend the trip which will facilitate smaller ratios of students to adults.

As an out-of-state trip, the Alta-Aurelia School Board was required to and gave approval at the September 9th school board meeting. Alta-Aurelia School Superintendent William Walters said this event has occurred for several years and said it is a priority. “Science is part of it, and we’re in an ag community,” he said. Walters is impressed that the middle school educators plan the trip, lead and teach the students on site and subsequently provide a variety of on-going experiences and lessons throughout the year for students stemming from the zoo trip.

It is an exhausting one-day event from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meyer said that most of the students are excited to go, and in the past have been attracted to the wide-variety of zoo exhibits, particularly to the giraffes where they enjoy watching and feeding them.

The impressive Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo is neck-in-neck in popularity nation-wide with the San Diego, California Zoo, both ranked in the top two zoos in the United States over the years.