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Appleby College to Host ACER’s Summer Institute

August 18, 2008

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Aug. 18, 2008) – From August 18- 20, 2008, Appleby College will host the Association for Canadian Educational Resources’ (ACER) summer institute Our School Yard (OSY) to teach educators how to conduct tree monitoring to provide students with hands-on environmental learning opportunities.

In the three-day workshop, teachers are introduced to methods for accurate data collection, learn how to maps school yards and measure tree biodiversity, and are taught how to integrate the cross curriculum, multi-grade program into their classes.

OSY enhances student’s knowledge of climate change through participation in a field study to collect and manage authentic data to monitor tree growth. The information is then incorporated into a local database, and the community has an opportunity to address real- world solutions to what is quickly becoming the globe’s most critical environmental problem.

School yards provide a forest ecosystem often under the stress of urban influences. While monitoring these unique forests students learn to assess the health of forests with respect to the effects of climate change and invasive species; establish criteria and indicators for forest management and school yard restoration projects; and use measuring tools, such as global positioning units, to provide inventory data on forests and the state of these forests.

The summer institute will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. Appleby College is located at 540 Lakeshore Rd. W. in Oakville.

About Appleby College

Appleby College is an independent school for 750 young men and women in Grades 7 to 12. Founded in 1911, Appleby offers a university preparatory education to both boarding and day students. The curriculum offers an exceptionally diverse education that combines rigorous academics with dynamic arts, athletics and community service. For more information, visit www.appleby.on.ca

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