We are proud at ALE that we were the first school to teach with TAO. We conduct TAO with Mrs. Lovell and Mrs. Erickson's 5th graders. Our entire school, students, teachers, administration, and parents, have been so excited to learn about the mammals and birds living in our schoolyard. Our students have conducted habitat improvement projects including helping to replant an oak woodland at Afton State Park, and planting native fruiting trees and shrubs in our schoolyard. We have captured far more species in our schoolyard cameras than we ever imagined before we started monitoring wildlife with our remote cameras.
Some of our best pictures are Gray fox, Virginia opossum, and White-tailed deer. Our cameras have also come along with Mr. Olson's 6th graders on field trips to Wolf Ridge, where we captured images of Barred owls and Black bear! We even have a camera on its way to Norway where we are partnering with a school there to see how their schoolyard captures will be different than we see here at ALE.