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This hands-on science program using a watershed model will get students to explore how water travels through a watershed with different terrains, from where water is coming from at high elevations to where it empties into the Lake. Students will create their own small-scale watershed to demonstrate water movement from different angles within the watershed and will track water flow.
Utilizing our watershed model, students will investigate sources of pollution and watch what happens when polluted water gets into a waterbody. They will discover how different activities on land can have both positive and negative effects on water quality. By having the chance to “develop” their own property, students will learn the outcome of cumulative pollution in the watershed.
Invasive species are one of the biggest threats to a healthy and balanced ecosystem. Students in this hands-on science program will learn what makes a species “invasive” and how both aquatic and terrestrial invasive species can impact water quality. They will get a close look at invasive species found in Lake George and invasive species that are not yet here but could be on their way.
There has been a large fish kill in Lake George! Students will become “Water Quality Investigators” in this hands-on science program to determine what has caused the fish to turn belly up in the Lake. We will discuss the different areas of water pollution and the pathways of stormwater run-off. Students will then learn and use different water testing techniques to test a sample of “Lake” water to find the Lake’s pollution source.
Students in this hands-on science program will gain an understanding of complete and incomplete metamorphosis during the life cycles of many aquatic insects and will investigate preserved specimens of common macroinvertebrates. Through a hands-on activity, students will discover the physical changes between life stages of common aquatic and wetland animals.
Explore the role that wetlands play in an environment and distinguish marsh, bog, swamp, and lagoon wetlands from one another. Discover how wetland plants purify the water and what native fish species and migratory birds use wetlands for. Students will make the connections between wetlands and filters for the environment.
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