AWSMP Joins Phoenicia School Earth Day Fun

Posted on: May 8th, 2015 by Leslie_Zucker
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Students examine aquatic insects found in the Esopus Creek.

On April 28th, AWSMP staff joined the Phoenicia Primary School to participate in its annual Earth Day celebration. With 200 students, teachers and parent helpers in attendance, classroom groups of students moved to different learning stations to participate in hands-on activities, and learn more about environmental topics and science. Students learned about solar energy, recycling and composting, native birds, fun nutrition with fruits and veggies, watershed ecology, and more.  Students took a closer look at the water cycle, and local watershed health by learning about plants and animals living in and near in local streams and rivers. With field equipment of buckets, nets and magnifying tools at the ready, AWSMP staff led students through an aquatic activity, gently examining and identifying aquatic insects, called benthic macroinvertebrates, from local streams. Students were excited to become “apprentice water scientists” as they took turns observing and naming a variety of aquatic life in buckets of stream water that provide vital food for local fish and wildlife. They explained their knowledge of the water cycle and the importance of clean drinking water in connection to local streams and the watershed they live in.  Several classes also explained their knowledge of streams and aquatic insects through their classroom trout programs and their excitement at helping grow healthy fish for local streams. Overall, AWSMP staff and students seemed to have a tremendously rewarding day learning about stream ecology and watersheds together in the beautiful spring weather.