Fifth through eighth graders came out today from a local school to do some aquatic studies. After an indoor crash course in macroinvertebrates and water quality assessment, we divided the group in half and half went to the stream first, while the other half visited the pond first. Later we switched and afterwards we did a wrap-up indoors to evaluate what we found.
My group visited the stream first, and the girls jumped right in!
We caught three crayfish – one was under an inch long!
One student got caught herself – her feet were stuck in the mud and her back and hair were stuck in the brambles!
She was a good sport about it, and with the help of two friends in the end, she got unstuck…although one shoe was sucked off her foot!
We found many water striders and a good number of caddisfly larvae. We even found a very robust damselfly nymph. All our critters indicated that this was good quality water.
We sampled at the pond next.
The air was full of the aroma of decay. This turtle did not make it through the winter, nor did many of the goldfish that live in the pond.
We had some extra time at the end of the program, so the kids got to play in the Nature Playscape. One is never to old to climb trees and play on logs.
In the end, everyone said it was a great afternoon! We love it when kids love being outside exploring! Let’s hear it for the Salmon in the Classroom kids!