Students Take Learning Outdoors

By Himler, Jeff | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 10, 2018 | Go to article overview

Students Take Learning Outdoors


Himler, Jeff, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Macy Logan’s involvement with environmental education has come full circle.

She enrolled in Greater Latrobe Senior High School’s hands-on environmental science program shortly before graduating in 2006. Now, as an instructor for that same Capstone Class, she led a group of 20 students into the field Thursday to help the Loyalhanna Watershed Association prevent further erosion of a stream bank in the Unity village of Whitney.

Combining their efforts with a watershed association crew and a contractor’s backhoe, the Greater Latrobe seniors installed log structures in a 100-foot section of the streambed to divert the flow of water away from the damaged bank and toward the center of the tributary to Ninemile Run.

“They came out to be the manual labor to help install some of the structures,” Logan said of the students. “They’re really out in the field practicing what they’re learning.”

Using a power drill and hand tools, students pounded in metal bars to secure log sections to the ground before the backhoe dropped loads of stone to fill gaps between the timber and the stream’s bank.

It was a day of firsts for seniors Liz Diaz of Latrobe and Erin Grandgeorge of Unity, who helped run the drill and took turns in the seat of the backhoe.

“It was really cool. You don’t get that opportunity too often,” Diaz said.

“I love the hands-on aspect of it,” Grandgeorge said of the capstone class. She also appreciates the importance of the topics she and her classmates explored while monitoring water quality in local streams. …

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