M4 Khao Yai Cross Curricular Field Trip 2018
To supplement and support the M4 students’ in-class curriculum studies the students in M4 took part in a cross-curricular educational field trip to Khao Yai National Park, Pak Chong, Nakorn Ratchasima. The trip is organized in conjunction with Big Outdoors Education Centre which is professionally run by outdoor education specialists.
The fieldwork included geography and science field study, which is a vital part of education, while English and Math are used extensively in the data handling and presentation. The field work included studying the ecology and biodiversity of rivers and their surrounding environment which included:
– Measuring and recording river speed of flow and river channel cross sections. Identifying and explaining the formation of river features. Field sketching and annotations.
– Pollution assessment and stream invertebrate surveys to determine the impact of human activities on our environment. Further study of industry and its impact on the environment.
– Studying the vegetation variation and biodiversity along an environmental gradient and identify the adaptations of vegetation in a tropical Forest.
– Undertaking a tourism impact survey of sites around the area. This specifically includes identifying human impact and surveying a tourist site to obtain primary data.
On the first day, the students immediately took to the river, and quickly got involved in their studies. In the afternoon, the students measured the width and depth of the Lam Ta Kong River to determine its discharge which involved studying a meander. At the same time they caught and studied macro invertebrates as pollution indicators.
On the second day they completed further discharge and stream pollution studies at Pak Chong to compare the results with those from the National Park. In the afternoon students conducted biodiversity surveys with a walk through the forest identifying plant adaptation and looking at trophic levels in the rainforest,and also to see how species change as levels of light changes in the forest. Later they measured the height and biomass of trees which allowed them to determine the carbon levels and also to see how species change as levels of light change in the forest.
On the final day students’ time was spent studying examples of the impact of tourism on the environment at the natural spring, and then the growth of commercial tourism at Palio, which is where the students had the best time!
This was a fantastic trip and enjoyed by everyone. Not only did the students have a great time, working in groups, they learned a great deal about the natural environment in Thailand.Once again, the students had a wonderful time and produced some great work.
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