Montana Groundwater Academy
WEN partners with SpectrUM, Missoula Valley Water Quality District, Missoula Water, and others to provide comprehensive groundwater lessons and well-measurement field trips to Greenough Park. The MGA program exemplifies how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education can help prepare individuals to participate in citizen and professional activities related to managing our water resources.
This is a 3-day research-based science program that engages students in first-hand investigations that build students’ capacity for informed decision-making about water issues.
Day 1: Students investigate groundwater using a physical model.
Day 2: Students investigate where groundwater is at the field site in Greenough Park
Day 3: Students work in teams to investigate the source of a well contamination and use evidence to predict which areas will be impacted. Afterwards they develop a remediation plan.
Students will develop the capacity to explain:
Where groundwater is located
How and why groundwater moves
Seasonal and long term patterns and trends
How groundwater and surface water connect and interact
How groundwater becomes contaminated and how contamination can be remediated.
By the end of the program, the students will better know how to protect, manage and sustain groundwater resources.