This report presents an open schooling initiative on Environmental Education – monitoring protected natural areas in Prahova County, which was developed by the Forestry Technical College – Campina between April and November 2023. The activities included a science professional, professors, engineers of the forestry department and partners – Prahova Natural Areas and Campina Forestry District. It was supported by Valahia University in Targoviste, Romania.
Care: Students were involved, interested or concerned about monitoring the state of forests Protected Natural Area – Plopeni Forest and Glodeasa Forest, a real-life problem, the vegetation state of the forest, the age of trees, the diameter of trees, their height. Students who participated in the activities were 17-19 years old, eleventh and twelfth grades, forestry and natural sciences.
Know: Students used knowledge about forestry, environment, ecology. The competences that students practiced were the ability to use measuring instruments, to correctly determine diameters, tree heights and appreciation of their ages, students’ questions were related to the composition of the forest and the presence of dead wood fallen to the ground that has not been extracted, maintenance of forest roads, information and clarifications that were presented and explained by both guiding teachers and partner representatives, all of which can be found in individual student portfolios.
Do: At the end, students prepared posters, campaign, infographic, video, interviews. They made PPT presentations, portfolios and were supported by families and representatives of the above-mentioned partners, former students of the college.
Findings related to the Open Schooling approach: The activity was framed in C.D.L., in the curriculum. It was useful, relevant, challenging, innovative, interesting and appealing, as evidenced by the attached photos. Open schooling could be useful for other teachers because it has an inter and transdisciplinary character – practical applications, worksheets from the work for obtaining the first didactic degree of Professor Ifrimu Iulia – Apprendre et developper le lexique du domaine forestier: approches didactiques en classe de FLE.
Results obtained by students: Students were curious, pleasantly impressed, attracted by field trips, whose memory created confidence that they will become students of forestry and biology faculties in the future. As an example, one student mentioned: “it is much easier to determine the height of trees with state-of-the-art devices – vertices than with old dendrometers in the school’s equipment” which is relevant and related to their achievements.