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A day spent investigating interconnections at IslandWood will help students understand the abiotic, biotic, cultural elements of an ecosystem and how they interact with one another. A well crafted field day will include a wide array of experiences thematically connected to the guiding inquiry questions.

Instructors will craft the day so that students will spend time observing organisms and habitats with a variety of sensory experiences. Solo time during the field day provides a moment for student reflection and some personal space. The examination of food webs, populations, differing abiotic factors and different habitats within the landscape will help students gain a richer understanding of the interconnections present in an ecosystem.

A critical focus on team building will provide the group with an opportunity to enhance their capacity for stewardship, explore different leadership roles, and examine how ecosystems as a metaphor can powerfully illustrate the strength in diversity.