Human Impact & Sustainable Solutions - Grades 5 -8

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Recommended for 5th - 8th grade students.  Herbecides, pesticides, oil, gas, and soil erosion all impact the health of the watershed in which we live.  Where does it all come from, and what alternatives, or best management practices, are available to ensure a lighter more sustainable interaction with our watershed ecosystems?  During this presentation students make hypotheses, and conduct experiments to determine the effects of our everyday practices on land and water resources and learn about best management practices designed to mitigate the effect on water quality.

Fee:  In your classroom - $120 per class (max. 30 students), $10 travel and transportation fee per class.

At the Conservancy: $8 per student ($80 minimum per class)

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

PDE Academic Standards addressed include:

3.3.5.A4 - Explain the basic components of the water cycle.
4.2.5.C - Identify physical, chemical, and biological factors that affect water quality.
4.5.5.C - Explain the difference between point and non-point source pollution.
3.3.6.A4 - Describe how water on earth cycles in different forms and in different locations, including underground and in the atmosphere.
4.2.6.C - Identify natural and human-made factors that affect water quality.
4.2.7.A - Explain how water enters, moves through, and leaves a watershed. 
4.5.7.C - Explain how human actions affect the health of the environment.
4.2.8.A - Describe factors that affect the quality of ground and surface waters.
4.5.8.A - Explain how Best Management Practices (BMP) can be used to mitigate environmental problems.
4.5.8.C - Describe how humans can reduce pollution.