Grades 3-5 | YEAR-ROUND
What is a watershed? How does it function to absorb rainwater, recharge groundwater, and maintain stream flows? In this program, students will use topographic models, maps and direct observations to examine different land uses in the Tryon watershed and explore how humans impact a stream system. At the creek, we test for pH, dissolved oxygen, temperature and turbidity, discussing how these water quality parameters measure up for salmon in our system.
After finishing up their morning (see above) students work through two activity rotations during a fun afternoon in the park. One rotation takes groups on a hike to explore how canopy cover influences erosion and the movement of water through our system by critically comparing two sites. The second rotation allows students to design their own plot of land within a watershed, then compare to their neighbors to assess downstream effects.