AWSMP Joins Phoenicia School Earth Day Fun

Posted on: May 8th, 2015 by Leslie_Zucker
Phoenicia Earth Day Event 4.28 (20)_med

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.