Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Session 3

Date: July 22nd 2015                                                                                                                                 Time:  2:00pm- 3:00pm (approximately)                                                                                                 Location: Limestone Creek  
                                                                                                                                                        
            With the weather just right, we were able to take our up and coming naturalists to Limestone Creek. We had met earlier to set up the tables, charts, and all the necessary tools along the stream side. With only a slight delay do to a minor mix-up of today’s location, things ran very smoothly. We provided waders for the kids to put on upon arrival (they had a lot of fun with these as it seemed to give them a very professional feel). We than gave a quick overview of what today’s activities will be (as well as how we will be applying what we learned last week) before the kids (and a few parents who wanted to stick around and join in on the fun) all eagerly walked to the nearby stream site.
         
           Our young naturalists were divided into groups and before heading into the water! They were given a quick and informative rundown on how to use their nets, work as a team, and the proper techniques used for uncovering the macroinvertebrates. After about 10-15 minutes the three groups went to their assigned table to see just what they caught. As they sorted through the contents of their net they picked out the critters and sorted them into divided containers. From here they took out their charts and started identifying what they found! As the day came to a closing each table announced their findings and we listed them on the final chart. With the bugs identified and tallied up we assessed the water quality of the stream through the macroinvertebrates present. To our joy, we discovered that the stream was healthy!

            What a success today was! Throughout the entire time, kids were coming up to us and asking when we would be able to come back. And when time was up there were disappointed sighs coming from everyone. We were fortunate enough to have the help of Matt Weber, an individual who has had plenty of experience in teaching kids about our watershed in a hands-on manner. He made a huge difference and brought in some great materials and techniques. 

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