We hope that by sharing these projects with our community, educators will be inspired to incorporate the river and watershed into their classrooms; thereby, fostering students’ appreciation for conserving and celebrating their environment.
Supporting the Ecological Community of a Watershed
Biology students will practice computing, research and engineering skills in order to use their understanding of biology to create solutions to environmental change within our watershed. Students will develop and work to implement a plan to create an outdoor classroom at our school site that will be resistant to climate change, and that will support the ecology of our watershed.
Turning the Tide on Plastic
Students will learn about pollutants in our watershed with a focus on plastics: what happens to them, what impact they have on the environment, and what can be done about it. Students will use the issue of plastics in our oceans to build knowledge, analyze arguments, verify claims, and develop plans for how to minimize our community’s contribution to this problem.
Students will conduct an assessment of the overall health of 3 streams in the Petaluma River watershed. They will collect water quality data, during and between rainstorms, collecting and analyzing benthic macroinvertebrates (BMIs), and using Google Earth to measure riparian widths.
An overarching theme of, "Exploring global and local environments- past, present, and future" will guide fourth graders' descriptive and comparative investigations of their local watershed and part of the world's largest watershed, the Peruvian Amazon river and rainforest.