high school students on the bank of the Shenandoah River

Ed- NOAA CCPS High School IB Environmental Science

High School IB Environmental Science Project

Driving Questions: How does the health of our waters affect the wellbeing of specific habitats and ecosystems within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed? How are riparian buffers necessary for watershed health? 

Project Elements

Issue Investigation Students learned the qualities needed for specific species to thrive; brook trout, turtles, oysters, etc.  They investigated direct links between contaminants and water sources.  Aquatic food production systems were also explained.  Soil systems, degradation, and conservation were also analyzed by students.  

Field Investigation

Students met with an officer from the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) to fully understand the issues facing our watershed.  They also visited Clermont Farm where they performed soil testing.

Action Project

Through Trout in the Classroom, students raised trout which were then released into Spout Run.  Additionally, students created action plans to prevent/curb pollution on a local farm.  Finally, students grew plants that would become part of a riparian buffer to protect the Shenandoah River.

Synthesis and Conclusions

Visiting Clermont Farm and talking with the Virginia DGIF officer, students realized that there are ways we can try to protect our waterways.  From curbing pollution to stocking trout in our local stream, students can make a difference in keeping our waterways healthier.

 

Resources

Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences - MWEE

 Trout Unlimited - Trout Unlimited

Clermont Farm - www.clermontfarm.org/

Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources - VDWR

juvenile brook trout in a bucket

This project was funded by NOAA B-WET grant # NA18NMF4570315

Developing MWEE capacity through systemic, vertically aligned, integrated curricula, grades K-12