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July 15, 2019

Vineyard Expands Science with an Emphasis on Exploration

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Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2019 12:00 am

During a field trip to the Oakland redwoods, students breathe in the fresh forest air while measuring the carbon dioxide levels with a digital tool to confirm what they can already feel: the redwood forest does a wonderful job of reducing carbon dioxide levels to clean the surrounding air. During this trip, students from Vineyard Alternative School – home to the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District’s (LVJUSD) independent study programs – are in the natural world and discover the scientific applications they can relate to it. This is just one example of many educational excursions that Vineyard students are participating in this year that contribute richness and real-world context to their education.

Other field trips this school year have included environmental studies at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, bird watching in Sycamore Grove, and a rainbow trout release at Shadow Cliffs. This fall, Vineyard students were invited to join Livermore High School teacher Renee Haugen’s Field Biology students in a whale watching trip in Monterey Bay. Vineyard students will be visiting Half Moon Bay tide pools at the end of April and, in May, monitoring the water quality in Arroyo Mocho.

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