Water quality assessment through chemical testing, measurement of physical parameters, and observation of biological indicators (macroinvertebrates) provides students with opportunities to collect, analyze and report upon authentic data.  An afternoon TeachCam session affords students the opportunity to view specimens in a "larger than life" format.  Life cycles and adaptations will be covered.

Fee:
$16 per student ($160 minimum per class)

Contact: Trudy Phillips, Director for Environmental Education, to make your reservation by email: tphillips@perkiomenwatershed.org or phone: 610.287.9383.

What the Teachers Are saying…
“Thank you so much for providing my students with such a wonderful and meaningful experience.  Your enthusiasm is not only remarkable, it is contagious.  The kids loved this field trip - it was described countless times as their "favorite" or "the best!”  Both the kids and the parents are raving about this trip."   
- Teacher, Upper Perkiomen Middle School

What the Students are Saying…
"Thank you so much for allowing us to come to the Watershed.  It was a lot of fun going into the water and collecting macroinvertebrates and doing the other activities.  Thanks!
-7th grade student, Upper Perkiomen Middle School

"Thank you so much for making learning fun!  I had  so much fun measuring the water and looking for macroinvertebrates!  Thank You!
- 7th grade student, Upper Perkiomen Middle School

"Thank you so much for the funnest field trip that we have ever taken!  Even though the creek was cold we had an awesome time!!
- 7th grade student, Upper Perkiomen Middle School

“I liked finding the animals the best then looking at them under a microscope.  The field trip was great!
- 7th grade student, Upper Perkiomen Middle School

Photo credit:  Christopher Dock High School

Photo credit:  Christopher Dock High School

PDE Academic Standards covered by this program include…

Environment and Ecology
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.
4.1.4.D: 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.
4.1.7  Watersheds and Wetlands
C.   Explain the effects of water on the life of organisms in a watershed. 
·  Explain how the physical components of aquatic systems influence the organisms that live there in terms of size, shape, and physical adaptations. 
·  Describe the life cycle of organisms that depend on water. 
·  Identify organisms that have aquatic stages of life and describe those stages.
D.  Explain and describe characteristics of a wetland. 
· Recognize the common types of plants and animals.
E: 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.
4.1.9. Watersheds and Wetlands
C.  Describe the physical characteristics of a stream and determine the types of organisms found in aquatic environments. 
· Describe and explain the physical factors that affect a stream and the  organisms living there. 
· Identify terrestrial and aquatic organisms that live in a watershed.
3.2.7.A  Answer “What if” questions based on observation, inference or prior knowledge or experience.
3.3.7 Biological Sciences
A. Describe the similarities and differences that characterize diverse living things. 
·  Describe how the structures of living things help them function in unique ways. 
·  Account for adaptations among organisms that live in a particular environment. 
D. Explain basic concepts of natural selection. 
·  Identify adaptations that allow organisms to survive in their environment. 
·  Describe how an environmental change can affect the survival of organisms and entire species.
3.4.7.A: Describe and conduct experiments that identify chemical and physical
properties.
3.5.4.D: 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).
3.7.7.A: Use appropriate instruments and apparatus to study materials.
· Select appropriate instruments to measure the size, weight, shape and temperature of living and non-living objects.
· Apply knowledge of different measurement systems to measure and record
objects’ properties.
Mathematics
2.7.8. Probability and Predictions 
B.  Present the results of an experiment using visual representations (e.g., tables, charts, graphs).

 

Photo credit:  Christopher Dock High School

Photo credit:  Christopher Dock High School

Photo credit:  Christopher Dock High School

Photo credit:  Christopher Dock High School