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Introduction to Stream Communities

All eyes, all the time on the members of the East Branch stream community!  We'll put on our water shoes, search for animal homes, and investigate this remarkable watery environment.  Following a hike through the woods, we arrive at our gravel bar destination where we will learn how to carefully move through the water locating our creek buddies as we explore their habitat.  Pre-and post-trip activities are included.

Fee: 
$10 per student, at the Conservancy($100 minimum fee per class)

For more information or for reservations contact: Linda Oltman, Environmental Education Coordinator, at (610) 287-9383 or loltman@perkiomenwatershed.org.

 What the teachers are saying:
More schools should know about your programs! 
-3rd Grade Teacher

Thank you so much for this valuable experience. I am not the most nature-friendly person, but I thoroughly enjoyed every minute! I have a new respect for the outdoors!
-2nd Grade Teacher

The Perkiomen Creek Awakens
By Aaron Yeiser, age 8

In the winter, the Creek is asleep under the blanket of ice.  It is silent as an owl flying through the night.  Spring arrives. The sun takes the blanket of ice off the Creek. The Creek gurgles as it washes over the rocks. Streams rush into the Creek as the ground melts.  The Virginia Bluebells silently ring their bells, waking up the forest. Stirring creatures stretch their fins and legs and tails. The frogs and turtles unborrow themselves and go up for air.  The fish start moving and enjoy the cool spring water.  The insects are hatched. The Creek is swarming with Mayfly nymphys, Dragonfly nymphs, Caddisfly larvae and Water Striders.  As the dawn of Spring passes to the noon of summer, kids come to study the Creek's life.

PDE Academic Standards covered by this lesson include:3.3.4B: Determine how different parts of a living thing work together to make the organism function.
3.5.4D: Recognize the earth’s different water resources.
· Know that approximately three-fourths of the earth is covered by water.
· Identify and describe types of fresh and salt-water bodies.
· Identify examples of water in the form of solid, liquid and gas on or near the surface of the earth.
· Explain and illustrate evaporation and condensation.
· Recognize other resources available from water (e.g., energy, transportation, minerals, food).
4.1.7.D: Explain and describe characteristics of a wetland.
· Identify specific characteristics of wetland plants and soils.
· Recognize the common types of plants and animals.
· Describe different types of wetlands.
· Describe the different functions of a wetland.
4.1.4D: Identify a wetland and the plants and animals found there.
· Identify different kinds of wetlands.
· Identify plants and animals found in wetlands.
· Explain wetlands as habitats for plants and animals.
4.1.4.C: Identify living things found in water environments.
· Identify fish, insects and amphibians that are found in fresh water.
· Identify plants found in fresh water.
4.1.7E: Describe the impact of watersheds and wetlands on people.
· Explain the impact of watersheds and wetlands in flood control, wildlife habitats and pollution abatement.
· Explain the influence of flooding on wetlands.