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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Spring Branch, Ozark, Missouri, USA

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Spring Branch, Ozark, Missouri, USA
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Registered: December 2015
City/Town/Province: Sparta
Posts: 2
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Each year I get to teach a water quality lesson to area 6th graders. They come to the community center and at the small spring-fed creek, I teach them about the importance of our water resources, how we test them, and what we can do to improve the stream’s health. I get to teach them the impacts of excess nutrients in our water and then we test the water. The nitrates test turns pink - it’s like a magic trick! We talk about organisms in the water, that they need oxygen - and when I show the dissolved oxygen titration test, it’s another wonderful color changing “magic trick” for the kids. The best part is when we get to jump in and collect macroinvertebrates with a kick net! We rate each insect to determine the health of the stream, and then take plenty of time to splash around more and catch crawdads!
Over the years I have noticed an increased interest in stream testing in the junior high and high school science clubs. The sponsors give me a call, the kids are asking to go out to the stream again! It’s such a fun project, and I love that the students love it as much as I do!
Date: December 30, 2015 Views: 5057 File size: 21.6kb, 129.0kb : 960 x 720
Hours Volunteered: 80
Volunteers: 40
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 19 & 11 to 13
Area Restored for Native Wildlife (hectares): 3
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