The following projects are designed to be carried out over one or two days. They include both a classroom and a field location. Projects are designed for specific grade levels. Not all projects will target all grade levels. Please note: Project availability is subject to change, and new projects are continuously created!


1 | I Spy...

Overview:

Good observational skills are the basis for all disciplines regardless of complexity or age. Furthermore, the ability to observe a surrounding area, determine its important factors, and document and analyze findings are imperative for scientific studies. This project will introduce various equipment to students allowing them to gain a better understanding of the importance of observation.

Grades : K-2


2 | Water Quality

Overview:

About 80% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, but only 1% of that is fresh water that can directly be used for domestic, industrial, commercial, and recreational purposes. Through the process of the water cycle, the same water is continually recycled. Pollution from human activities upsets this delicate natural purification process. Land and water use are interconnected and water quality is affected by how the surrounding land is used. Almost everything we do on the land impacts the water. Monitoring helps us assess the present level of water quality and our need to keep water “clean” prompts us to actively protect and preserve our finite resources.

Grades : 3 - 8


3 | Soil Studies

Overview:

Soil is a living and life-giving natural resource. It acts a natural water filter, a growing medium for nearly all of our food, and a habitat for billions of organisms. Unfortunately, soil has also become a resting place for our solid waste, a filter for our sewage, and a recipient of excess nutrients. With the worldwide demand for food exponentially increasing, the productivity and health of our soils is of paramount importance. An understanding of the various types of soils is imperative for successful analysis of natural and anthropogenic fluctuations, including their overall health.

Grades : 3 - 8


4 | Marine Debris

Overview:

The amount of debris in our oceans is increasing by both voluntary and involuntary means and has a horrendous effect on nearly all ocean organisms. Plastics account for the vast majority of the marine trash and with a decomposition rate of hundreds of years, they collectively pose the largest threat. Either by ingestion, or by entanglement, plastic debris accounts for a large percentage of animal mortality. Large scale clean up efforts are rare and expensive. Small scale debris clean ups, community stewardship, and a better understanding of the effects that marine debris has are imperative for generating a long term solution.

Grades : 3 - 8