CIMBY Field Activities

The CIMBY Field Trip Model and Ecological Restoration Workdays are made up of three components:

  • Stewardship work is part of an overall site management plan and is done in close coordination with volunteer stewards and land managers. Students may collect and spread native seeds in the fall, clear invasive brush with saws and loppers in the winter while staying warm around a brush pile bonfire, and pull garlic mustard by hand in the spring while discovering wildflowers.
  • The Ecological monitoring component of each workday allows students to measure change and connect to the scientific concepts that are being explored in the classroom. CIMBY students further develop field ecology skills and generate data useful to ecologists and site stewards tracking changes in urban natural areas. Monitoring compenents include fall vegetative monitoring, spring water quality monitoring protocols, and photo point monitoring to track the visual changes on the landscape.
  • Guided exploration of each site. Through these activities, CIMBY participants use their senses to explore and connect to nature. Exploration activities include a winter biodiversity search, a listening exercise, and building ephemerel sculptures out of natural materials.