ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- ESM students got some hands on training at Onondaga Lake Park Friday.
One hundred middle schoolers learned about the lake and some of the cleanup efforts going on. Students got to conduct invasive species studies, stream surveys and collect data looking at the health of the eco-system. Teachers say it's a valuable experience.
"We're able to bring in the outside and make it authentic learning for them. Yes, textbooks are fine, but we're making sure they are getting the real life things that are happening in their environment, their backyard, their county, their city they are living in," said Pine Grove Middle School teacher Katie Jaquin.
Students will work in groups and come up with their own plans for the future of Onondaga Lake.