Catherine Riihimaki is a post-doc and Kaitlin Friedman '07 is an undergraduate in the Geology Department at Bryn Mawr College. They developed hands on environmental studies activities for grades K-12 for a summer institute for teachers. Serendip is pleased to make these activities available to a wider audience.
Free online data of water discharge for streams throughout the US; USGS: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis
Order topographic maps; USGS (~$6 per map): http://store.usgs.gov
Free digital images of PA topographic maps: http://www.pasda.psu.edu/access/drg24klist.cgi
1. EPA Surf Your Watershed
An abundance of educational resources for teachers and students: http://www.epa.gov/surf/
http://www.epa.gov/safewater/kids/wsb/ (Water Sourcebook series—324 activities for a range of grade levels. All of these are available online)
2. Project WET (Water Education for Teachers)
This foundation sells teacher-training materials and conducts workshops for watershed education.: http://www.projectwet.org/index.html
3. United States Geologic Survey (USGS) Water Science for Schools page
Includes fact sheets, activities, and plenty of other good resources: http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/
4. A Child’s Place in the Environment (ACPE)
K-6 curriculum units correlated to California’s Language Arts and Science standards. Unit 4 addresses aquatic systems.
5. Educating Young People About Water
A comprehensive database of over 100 curriculum resources and activity guides for water education. Some are no longer in print. Many are available at low or no cost.
6. Global Rivers Environmental Education Network (GREEN)
This organization provides a central location for watershed monitoring groups from around the globe to share their data. Their section on data collection protocols is very useful.
Muhlenberg College. Aquatic Ecology: An Environmental Study Unit for 5 th – 8 th Graders. (Contact Environmental Education Outreach at MC for a copy)
Springer, Mark. Watershed: A Successful Voyage into Integrative Learning. National Middle School Association: Westerville, OH, 1994.
Springer, Mark. The Watershed Whole-Learning Activities Book. National Middle School Association: Westerville, OH, 1998.
Stone, Michael K. and Zenobia Barlow, Eds. Ecological Literacy: Educating our Children for a Sustainable World. San Francisco: Sierra Club, 2003
1. Delaware River Basin Commission Ed. Web
Educational resources about our watershed, the Delaware River Basin, and about water quality issues in general. It includes field trip suggestions, maps, data sets, links, and upcoming opportunities. This site is a great jumping off point!
http://www.state.nj.us/drbc/watershedgroups.htm (find a group in your neighborhood to assist you in conducting water quality investigations)
2. Fairmount Waterworks
School field trip programs and other resources: http://www.fairmountwaterworks.com/
3. Stroud Water Research Center
Field trip programs, teacher training workshops, and online and print materials: http://www.stroudcenter.org/education/index.htm
If you have any comments or would like additional information, please contact Catherine Riihimaki at firstname.lastname@example.org.
© 2006 by Dr. Catherine Riihimaki, Kaitlin Friedman '08 and the Bryn Mawr College Geology Department. Teachers are encouraged to copy and modify these labs for use in their teaching.