APES travels to the wetlands


John Bunker Sands Wetlands Center

AP Environmental Students walk along the John Bunker Sands Wetlands. On their annual field trip, APES students are aiming to extend their learning on water quality with hands on experience.

Hannah Beeler, Staff Reporter

AP Environmental Science students are bringing their learning from the classroom into the field as they travel to the John Bunker Sands Wetlands Tuesday and Friday.

“When we get to the Wetlands we’ll be collecting data on the water quality out there in order to learn how water quality is analyzed and how wetlands impact water quality,” teacher Richard Sabatier said via email. “We’ll also be collecting data from the stream near Liberty in order to compare data from the two sites.”

The trip will go hand in hand with the course’s current unit about various types of pollution, including water pollution.

“We’re learning about the risk associated with water pollution and certain toxins,” senior Austin Carnline said. “Taking water samples from the wetland should let us gauge how natural and man made problems have impacted local water sources.

Many students such as junior Mika Lal are looking forward to seeing some of their learning in real life.

“I’m excited to see what the wetlands look like and what kind of inhabitants live in its ecosystem,” Lal said “I hope to apply my APES knowledge during the field trip and see how it applies to the real world.”

While the trip may be for the students, they are not the only ones feeling excitement for the days. 

“I’m excited to get out into nature and go play outside,” Sabatier said. “The weather is supposed to be nice, so I’m very much looking forward to it.”