Curriculum Highlights

Key Learning Objectives: Students will develop field observation skills as they work toward understand what’s happening in a watershed/riparian environment and will identify ecological relationships.

Fieldwork Activities: 

Lab: Rock Porosity 

Lab: Groundwater Study (relationship between surface water pollutants & groundwater)

Lab: Sewage Treatment in a Bottle (In preparation for our field trip to Ellis Creek Water Treatment

Lab: Oil Spill and Clean-Up 

Field Trip: Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility 3890 Cypress Dr. Pet. 94954

Field Trip: Field Study at River/Steamer Landing Park


Participating Schools: Petaluma High School
Lead Teacher: Kris Camacho
Participating Classes: 9/10 Honors Biology and 11/12 AP Environmental Science

Overview: Students will write observations, an inquiry question and a testable hypothesis related to the guiding question, “Is the Petaluma River watershed ecosystem healthy?” Based on data and evidence collected in an experiment Students will make a public service announcement in which a well researched suggestion related to environmental stewardship of the Petaluma River watershed ecosystem is presented. 


Supporting Documents

Biology Petaluma River Field Study

Petaluma River Watershed Atlas & Timeline Exploration

AP Environmental Science Petaluma River Preparation

Petaluma River Field Study

Curriculum Standards

Next Gen Science: HS.LS1-3 Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that feedback mechanisms maintain homeostasis. (example - organism response/health related to temp changes in response to water depth)

Common Core State Standards: WHST.9–12.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.    

Next Gen Science: HS.LS2.7 Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.

Student Work

Petaluma High School students presented their PSA at the 2019 Student Showcase.

Video by students Kayla Pearson, Martin Burstein, and Larissa Kiefer of Kris Camacho's class at Petaluma High School. Presented at the 2017 Student Showcase as part of their Environmental Health in our Watershed curriculum.

Students in Camacho's class made this video on biodiversity in the river as part of their presentation for the 2016 Watershed Classroom Showcase.