Outdoor Stream School

(offered in the Fall and Spring – see Alternate Indoor Program

Students will perform a series of chemical and biological assessments on a local stream. This will enhance their understanding of the factors involved in determining water quality, and the connection between point source and non-point source pollution in their waterways. Common pollutants such as sediment, animal waste, nutrients, fossil fuels, and litter, including cigarette butts are discussed.

Grade: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Middle School, and High School.

Science SOLs: 6.5, 6.7, 6.9, LS.6, LS.7, LS.8, LS.9, LS.10, LS.11, ES.8, BIO.2, BIO.8

Concepts and Vocabulary Introduced

Benthic Macroinvertebrate, Riparian Corridor, Vegetative Cover, Soil Erosion, Sedimentation, Point Source Pollution, Nonpoint Source Pollution, Bacterial Load, Nutrient Load, Eutrophication, Algal Bloom, Turbidity, pH, Dissolved Oxygen, Bioassessment, Best Management Practice

Equipment Needed: Old sneakers or water shoes/boots

Duration: 45 - 60 minutes

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