The Wetlands at UVa-Wise
Transforming an Environmental Liability into a Community Asset
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The Wetlands has educational supplies available for teachers and community groups to use for environmental education. Here's the list!
Field Trip Guides
These field trip guides include a leaders/teachers guide and a lab book for students (with answer keys). So far, only trips for 3rd and 6th grade are available, but maybe we'll get other grades ready someday. They are based on Virginia's Standards of Learning and give kids (and teachers!) a chance to get outside and learn.
Here's a Research Summary that can help guide thinking about how to do field trips and activities.
Feel free to use and share these lesson plans! They've been used here at The Wetlands and in classrooms with kids of all ages, from 3rd graders to college students.
A quick one-page write-up of some chemical water testing that students do at The Wetlands:
Longer write-up of water quality monitoring, including a description of the Enviroscape Model:
A 2-day stream ecology lesson designed for high school students (but easily adaptable):
Lesson on Aquatic Insects and Lifecycles for 3rd graders (Learning Cycle):
Comparing soil types, originally designed for a college Science Education class to model inquiry-based lessons:
A series of four activities that introduce students to energy flow in food webs, bioaccumulation of pollutants, and how plants help filter pollutants:
Acid Mine Drainage Activities
Everyone loves the classic volcano eruption with baking soda and vinegar, so here's a way to adapt it to an AMD seep:
A tasty treat with "AMD" inside: