Watershed Investigations

Overview:
 Your students will be visiting Blandy to engage in a field investigation focused on watershed systems and human impacts as part of these systems. This cluster of lessons is designed to thoroughly address Virginia Science Standard 6.8, meet all elements of a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) as defined by the Chesapeake Bay Program, and build Environmentally Literate citizens. They learn about Blandy’s local watershed as they collect, measure, record, and analyze water quality indicators such as temperature, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, pH, and nitrates. Your watershed scientists identify macroinvertebrates of Blandy’s wetlands and assess what these organisms tell us about the health of an aquatic ecosystem and their civic responsibility to understand human effects on these systems.
NOTE: High School Investigations will include using lab probes for a technology connection. Class sizes are limited due to resource availability. 
Grade: 6th and High School

Virginia SOL covered with this program 
Science: 6.1, 6.8, 6.9             
Math: 

Fee: $6 per student for middle school
        $9 per student for high school

Field investigations are more meaningful to students when they are integrated into their curriculum. This lesson cluster can be used to: introduce watershed systems, increase depth of knowledge by synthesizing a variety of components in a systems approach, review and reflect on concepts, and develop student collaboration and cooperation with an action project.

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 Before: During: Field InvestigationsAfter: 

Student awareness of the process of science and understanding of watersheds is enhanced preparing them for a successful field investigation.


Students synthesize data and concepts gathered in the field as they plan and execute watershed improvement.
 
                                  Citizen Science Opportunities related to this program 
    

Literacy Connections