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Moscow region coniferous forest
Ecosystem Association Field Center in WinterAssociation "Ecosystem" has its own field biology station - Center for Field Studies.

It  helps to reach the goals of environmental education through field ecology.

The Center lies in the sanitary zone surrounding the city of Moscow, that provides pristine state of the local environment. The Center is surrounded by old-growth conifer (pine and spruce) and deciduous forests. Nearby river and a lake also present such habitats as wet meadows and marshes.

Center works with Moscow school-students and teachers, school-teachers associations and biological school groups, leaders and members of youth public environment organizations, with educators and different staff categories from the additional education system, biology and geography scientists who use the principles and approaches of the outdoor ecology in their activity from all Russian regions. Classes are taught at the Center year-round.

Field Center in Summer

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Our educational program includes the following topics in the natural sciences:

  1. topography and cartography
  2. geology and soil science
  3. botany and plant identification
  4. zoology
  5. aquatic ecology
  6. bioindication and ecomonitoring

We teach these disciplines during nature excursions and field research exercises.

Excursions aim to get recognition of such components of the environment as rocks and minerals, relief, soils, water bodies, flora and fauna. We also emphasize organisms' interactions and coexistence in natural communities during different seasons.

Field studies are independent projects, where students use research methods of "real" science in their ecological research.

Following are short syllabi of the study disciplines.

Topography and Cartography include:

  • Basics of orientation in the field;

  • Working with a map, compass, and simple geodesic equipment;

  • Legend, map, and profile drawing using different methods.

Field Ecology lesson - cartography

Geology and Soil Science include:

Field practice for students - Soil Science
  • Minerals and rocks identification and description of geological profiles;
  • Description and investigation of the soil profiles;
  • Soil mapping.

Botany and Plant Identification include:

  • Plant morphology and identification, flora description;
  • Geobotanical classification of plant communities (forest, meadow, marsh);
  • Vegetation mapping.
Ecology Education practices - Botany

Zoology includes:

Outdoor lessons - Zoology
  • Overview of the vertebrate and invertebrate fauna of temperate zone of European Russia;
  • Studies of abundance: insects, amphibians, birds, small and large mammals in different seasons;
  • animal ecology and behavior investigation.

Aquatic Ecology includes:

  • Studies of main hydrological characteristics of rivers, streams, lakes and swamps.
  • Studies of aquatic flora and fauna in different bodies of water in the seasons of the year (aquatic plants, plankton, benthos, periphiton).
Field Ecology lesson - Aquatic Ecology

Bioindication and Ecomonitoring include:

Bioindication using lichens
  • Bioindication of terrestrial ecosystems: lichen indication, forest and meadow vegetation assessment;
  • Bioindication of aquatic ecosystems: studies of zooplankton, macrozoobenthos, and periphiton;
  • ecological assessment of the aquatic habitats and water quality control by physical and chemical characteristics;
  • radiation monitoring.

Other "Ecosystem's" educational activities include:

Forest campfire, Moscow, Russia

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