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BOCES science lessons get students out of the classroom, into the field

Baker High School senior Todd Lowe measures a plot of ground that will be the site of a plant inventory. Lowe is a student in the BOCES New Visions in Animal and Environmental Science class at Beaver Lake Nature Center.

Baker High School senior Todd Lowe measures a plot of ground that will be the site of a plant inventory. Lowe is a student in the BOCES New Visions in Animal and Environmental Science class at Beaver Lake Nature Center.

— Lowe attends the class with fellow Baker seniors Tim Yeats, Chris Arnold and Ben Trowbridge, and a student from West Genesee High School. Spada said students from Marcellus, Westhill, Liverpool, Cicero-North Syracuse, LaFayette, Fayetteville-Manlius, Jamesville-DeWitt, East Syracuse-Minoa and Chittenango have taken the class.

Some students, Spada said, bring a strong academic record while others excel at fieldwork. Some enter the class with an interest in science and pursue careers in the field. Others use the college-level learning and hands-on experience as the basis for careers in fields that range from education to criminal justice to nursing.

“It’s a diverse class,” she said. “And it’s a nurturing environment so they succeed.”

Students interested in learning more about the class should contact their high school guidance counselors.

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