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Franklin ecology class visits Virginia Living Museum

The Franklin High School ecology class went to the Virginia Living Museum on July 1, giving students the opportunity to explore the museum’s exhibits, including its new Jurassic Giants exhibit on dinosaurs from the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. 

A school news release added that students also had the opportunity to view many different species of plants and animals commonly found within Virginia, including aquatic organisms from the Chesapeake Bay watershed. 

To conclude the day, students participated in an outdoor laboratory experience to learn more about freshwater ecosystems. Students were able to get hands-on experience by making observations about Deer Park Lake, analyzing — with microscopes — plankton samples that were taken from the lake, performing water quality tests and catching macroinvertebrates with dip nets. 

The students were excited about the opportunity to go outside of the classroom for the day and get real hands-on experience with some of the material they were learning about.