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5th and 6th grade Big River Journey

Friends School of Minnesota 5th and 6th grades went on their Big River Journey, spending the day with the National Park Service aboard a paddleboat on the Mississippi River. The field trip was filled with hands-on river activities including topics such as aquatic insects and river quality, river geology, river ecosystems, river birds, watershed stewardship, riverboats and piloting, archaeology, floodplain forests, and more.

Rocket Launch!

Friends School of Minnesota 6th and 8th graders finished our third round of rocket experiments! They blasted off for the final time after creating their own original design. 

Participate in the Million Milkweed for Monarchs Challenge

Help FSM’s Environmental Action Club by participating in the Great River Greening’s Million Milkweed Challenge 2016. The monarch population is on the decline, and common milkweed is an important food source for monarch caterpillars. Great River Greening needs volunteers to help collect milkweed seeds to be planted along the Mississippi River to help increase monarch habitat. The organization’s goal is to collect 1,000,000,000 common milkweed seeds to plant.

All School Crosby Farm Day 2016

It was a glorious day for FSM’s all school Crosby Farm Day! Throughout the year, 7th and 8th grade students traveled monthly to Crosby Farm Regional Park in the Mississippi River Valley. They learned the natural history of the place, measured river height and rates, studied wildlife, and wrote and sketched in a specific habitat. Students went back to the same spot each month of the school year and tracked how the.. Read More

Seed Bombs! Math and Science with the National Parks

Friends School of Minnesota 5th and 6th graders worked with National Park rangers, volunteers, and members of the Mississippi Park Connection to make seed bombs for prairie restoration work within the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (MNRRA). This hands-on seed ball activity is a great way to bring service work into schools and connect students to a unique natural area in their community. Students rolled compost, soil, sand, and 3 types of seeds.. Read More

Overnight at the Science Museum

Last week, thirty Friends School of Minnesota 4th and 5th graders stayed overnight at the Science Museum of Minnesota’s Camp-In. After arriving at the SMM, students donned their green t-shirts and began their exploration of the some of the museum exhibits. Then came supper: a delicious pizza buffet. And then they were off again for another three hours of museum exploring. Students were able to work in the cell lab,.. Read More

River Field Trip #2: Climate Change

It was a busy week as Friends School of Minnesota 5th and 6th graders headed out on their second River Trip. We returned to Fort Snelling State Park on Friday, October 30 for a special event organized by the National Park Service, Minnesota State Parks, and Will Steger Foundation (now called the Climate Generation). The topic was climate change and the students participated in the following activities: Introduction to park.. Read More