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Wetland Exploration

Wetland Soil Study

Description:  Utilizing both technology interface and observation skills, students collect and analyze data to draw conclusions about the quality and type of wetland soil at their site.  Soil investigations include analysis of soil texture, moisture, temperature, infiltration rates, color, pH and identification of decomposers.  Students use Vernier LabQuest scientific handhelds, soil temperature, pH and moisture sensors, soil core samples, and soil texture, plant tolerance and color charts.

Length of Program: This program is available in a 1-day, 2-day, or 3-day format
For each available format, the program is conducted within the following time considerations:
1-day format:  Day One:  2.5 - 3 hour period.
2-day format:  Day One:  Traditional class period.  Day Two:  Double class period.
3-day format:  Day One, Two, Three:  Traditional class periods each day. 

Site Requirements:  Access to wetland ecosystem – pond, swamp, marsh, bioswale etc.  No rapidly flowing water.

Cost:  None.  All equipment, teaching materials, and technology are provide free of charge.

Full program description, learning objectives, 2010 Indiana Academic Standards for Science and Math and Excellence in Environmental Education - Guidelines for Learning (Pre K - 12)

 

Wetland Ecosystem Investigation and Comparison

Description:  Students investigate the concept of biodiversity by conducting scientific ecosystem investigations in two differentenvironments.  Data collection and measurements for each ecosystem include:  date, time of day, weather conditions, wind speed, air temperature, soil temperature, water temperature, infiltration rates, soil sample, soil moisture, plant transect, and animal observations.  Different methods of data collection – scientific handhelds and sensors, personal observations, and experimentation – are used throughout.  Collected data is analyzed and conclusions drawn about overall biodiversity of the ecosystem.

Length of Program:  This program is available in a 1-day, 2-day, or 3-day format
For each available format, the program is conducted within the following time considerations:
1-day format:  Day One:  2.5 - 3 hour period.
2-day format:  Day One:  Traditional class period.  Day Two:  Double class period.
3-day format:  Day One, Two, Three:  Traditional class periods each day. 

Site Requirements:  Access to wetland ecosystem – pond, swamp, marsh, bioswale etc.  No rapidly flowing water. 

Cost:  None.  All equipment, teaching materials, and technology are provide free of charge.

Full program description, learning objectives, 2010 Indiana Academic Standards for Science and Math and Excellence in Environmental Education - Guidelines for Learning (Pre K - 12)

 

Wetland Water Quality Studies (Chemical Assessment)

Description:  As one component of water quality research, students use Vernier LabQuest scientific handhelds and sensors to measurewetland pH, dissolved oxygen, temperature and turbidity.  Electronic field notebooks, running interactive water quality software, aid students in hypothesis creation, data entry, observation records and scientific conclusions concerning local wetland water.
*If desired to demonstrate the principles of wet chemistry, nitrate and phosphate levels can be measured using CHEMetrics multi-analyte photometer.

Length of Program:  This program is available in a 1-day or 2-day format. The 3-day format is an option, but not recommended.
For each available format, the program is conducted within the following time considerations:
1-day format:  Day One:  2.5 - 3 hour period.
2-day format:  Day One:  Traditional class period.  Day Two:  Double class period.
3-day format:  Day One, Two, Three:  Traditional class periods each day.

Site Requirements:  Access to wetland ecosystem – pond, swamp, marsh, etc.  No rapidly flowing water. 

Cost:  None.  All equipment, teaching materials, and technology are provide free of charge.

Full program description, learning objectives, 2010 Indiana Academic Standards for Science and Math and Excellence in Environmental Education - Guidelines for Learning (Pre K - 12)

 

Wetland Water Quality Studies (Biological Assessment)

Description:  As one component of water quality research, students collect, identify, and analyze benthic macroinvertebrate populations.  Hester Dendy samplers are placed in wetland two weeks prior to collection and removed the day of the program or students will properly collect samples during the field activity.  Using dichotomous keys, flow charts, and interpretive macroinvertebrate identification software, students identify and count different macroinvertebrate species, categorize them based on pollution tolerance, and create distribution graphs.  This information is analyzed to draw conclusions about local wetland water.

Length of Program:  This program is available in a 1-day, 2-day or 3-day format.
For each available format, the program is conducted within the following time considerations:
1-day format:  Day One:  2.5 - 3 hour period.
2-day format:  Day One:  Traditional class period.  Day Two:  Double class period.
3-day format:  Day One, Two, Three:  Traditional class periods each day.

Site Requirements:  Access to wetland ecosystem – pond, swamp, marsh, etc.  No rapidly flowing water. 

Cost:  None.  All equipment, teaching materials, and technology are provide free of charge.  

Full program description, learning objectives, 2010 Indiana Academic Standards for Science and Math and Excellence in Environmental Education - Guidelines for Learning (Pre K - 12)

 

Soil Biology and Respiration

Description:  Using quantification and observation skills, students learn about soil microbes, their function, and why they are important for ecosystem regulation.  Using Vernier LabQuest scientific handhelds and O2 and CO2 sensors, students explore soil biological activity by calculating changes in microbial respiration over time.  By measuring soil temperature, moisture, pH, soil texture and infiltration rates, students will be able to investigate other soil properties that have an impact on microbial activity.   Collected data is analyzed and conclusions are drawn about the overall productivity of the soil at their school site.

Length of Program:  This program is available in a 1-day or 2-day format. The 3-day format is an option, but not recommended.
For each available format, the program is conducted within the following time considerations:
1-day format:  Day One:  2.5 - 3 hour period.
2-day format:  Day One:  Traditional class period.  Day Two:  Double class period.
3-day format:  Day One, Two, Three:  Traditional class periods each day.

Site Requirements: Access to soil.  Program can be done on most school sites. For better results, wetland and woodland sites are best.  

Cost:  None.  All equipment, teaching materials, and technology are provide free of charge.

Full program description, learning objectives, 2010 Indiana Academic Standards for Science and Math and Excellence in Environmental Education - Guidelines for Learning (Pre K - 12)