School Stream Monitoring Program –1-2 classroom presentations and fieldtrip
Every fall and spring, WEN provides student field days at local creeks and rivers to gather physical, biological and chemical data. Measurements are based on Montana Volunteer Water Monitoring Project protocols and include temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, as well as other stream-health indicators such as turbidity, nutrients and aquatic life. Participating students learn the importance of watershed stewardship and the implications of ‘polluted’ waterways while collecting data.
Groundwater/Aquifer Education lessons and activities – 1-3 interactive classroom presentation(s)
Groundwater/Aquifer education focuses on the connection between ground, surface and drinking water using groundwater flow models donated by the Missoula Water Quality District. WEN offers age specific lessons that allow students to explore what makes an aquifer, Missoula’s aquifer, and how ground, surface, and drinking water connect in Missoula.
Milltown Dam Journeys –2-3 classroom presentations and fieldtrip to Milltown Bluff
WEN launched the Milltown Dam Journeys program in the fall of 2005, in response to questions and concerns from teachers and students about the former Milltown Dam and the status of Clark Fork River. This program has evolved as the removal of the dam began and now is offered as an interactive history lesson about the dam, its removal and its future as a state park. This program also includes a trip to the dam overlook and the historical reservoir site to see all the restoration efforts that have taken place, first hand.
WEN has provided Flagship after-school programs for high school students and their own Water Explorations, and elementary and middle school Bug Club. We are also open to any water-related topic a Flagship group wants to try. WEN is eager to have many schools create aquatic wildlife for the WildWalk Parade this year. Please contact our Flagship Coordinator at WEN.
Note: Class presentations take a minimum of 45 minutes, and fieldtrips require a minimum of 2.5 hours, not including transportation. If you wish to include four stations in your field science experience, please schedule additional time.
After evaluating pre/post test results, we have noticed that students who had class presentations before their fieldtrip learned a lot more from the field experience than those who didn’t. The class presentation consists of vocabulary words, overview of river ecology, and preparation activities for the field trip. WEN provides this big-picture experience so students are better prepared for their field science activities by the river. WEN’s Groundwater/Aquifer Education Program is also a great way to introduce these key concepts that we will be exploring during our field trip along with providing students a day to explore the connection between surface and groundwater. With this in mind, we ask that teachers please schedule one pre-class visit for our field based programs. Groundwater programs can be scheduled weeks prior to the field trip day as well. An optional post-field trip class presentation is available to bring the observations and data together to give students a more comprehensive analysis of their field day.
WEN strives to combine and tailor programs to fit your curriculum needs, students, age group and river/creek site best. In addition to our programs listed above, we also offer Riparian Plant and Noxious Weed station options, Field Journaling station options and more. Please please call the WEN office at (406) 541-9287 or email us at email@example.com to discuss customizing your fieldtrip!