Science Fieldtrip to het Aamsveen

23-06-2017

Science Fieldtrip to het Aamsveen

On Friday the 23rd June 2017, secondary students from years 7 and 8 went on a Science Fieldtrip to het Aamsveen. This nature reserve, which the province of Overijssel shares with its neighbour Germany, is a peat bog landscape which was formed approximately 8000 years ago.

The students arrived by bike at 08.30 in the morning where they were split up into three groups for three assignments. During the first assignment the students learnt more about the different types of sediments in the bog and how this came to be. They also went fishing with a net in a pond to see what types of species, that live in these waters, they could catch and study.

During the second assignment, the students cycled to a "Kluundel": a circular space where the farmers layed peat to stamp out the water with their clogs and leave it to dry. The peat blocks cut from this layer were then used for heating, as trees were scarce.

During the third and final assignment, the students learnt more about the vegetation in this nature reserve and studied the plants that grow here. They observed the landscape from a watchtower and discovered a large stone marking the boundary between The Netherlands and Germany.

For a glimpse of the day, you can check our Photo Gallery on our website or Facebook.