LEAF and the UWSP Treehaven Field Station hosted Greening Your Math Program – Mathematics in the Forest over the weekend of May 12 and 13, 2012. The workshop, attended by eight Wisconsin K-12 educators and taught by Roger Jones PhD, focused on applying algebra, geometry, and trigonometry to hands-on, outdoor learning.
Participants in the workshop included K-12 math teachers from a variety of backgrounds and grade levels from around Wisconsin. Together they learned the mathematics behind forestry tools – the Biltmore stick and angle gauge – and used that knowledge to build the tools in the classroom. The group then used those tools to take forest measurements such as diameter at breast height (DBH) and basal area of a forest.
On Sunday Dr. Jones instructed the group in a variety of lessons, including instruction on Capture/Recapture procedure to estimate population and finding the area of a plot of land using the double meridian distance method. All lessons were designed with an outdoor component to allow for hands-on, minds-on learning. Workshop participants were provided with the materials and knowledge needed to implement the lessons in their classroom.
Students earned 1 graduate credit for attending the two-day workshop.