Our Lessons are provided through a partnership of Snohomish Conservation District, Snohomish County Surface Water Management and the following cities: Mukilteo, Monroe, Brier, Mill Creek, Edmonds, Arlington, and Granite Falls.
These high-quality, engaging, hands-on science lessons are provided FREE to classrooms in Snohomish County and on Camano Island - materials, take-homes, and enthusiastic education staff included! Check out the menu of classes available and then schedule below using our online automatic scheduling tool!
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Ocean Acidification Lab & Lecture
Here in Puget Sound, oyster farmers are losing larvae to acidic water. World-wide, aquatic species are dying off at alarming rates. In the OA Lab and Lecture, students will begin to understand the causes and consequences of this global problem. Our education staff will lead your students in a hands-on lab experiment designed to model and measure acidic seawater and then ask students to think about how their own actions can have a positive or negative impact on this pressing environmental issue.
Water Quality Monitoring - Live Benthic Macroinvertebrates
What can water bugs tell us about pollution? During this hands-on lab, students will learn how pollution affects aquatic life. Using live macroinvertebrates from a local stream, students will gather data to complete a biological analysis of water quality and discuss simple steps that they and their families can take to improve water quality.
***In order to protect salmon in streams, this lesson is not offered Nov 1-Feb 28***
There is no Point to this Pollution
Salmon are dying in the Snohomish river and students are asked to investigate why! After a demonstration of non-point source pollution, students will use maps and data tables to determine what is causing the decrease in water quality at the hypothetical river site. This lesson has been adapted from Healthy Waters, Healthy People.
Water Quality Monitoring - Chemical Test Kits
How does your local stream or lake measure up? Using a variety of real water quality testing equipment to gather current data, student scientists will evaluate the health of a local waterbody. Students will learn about sources of pollution and discuss steps they can take at home to maintain water quality and reduce pollution in their local watershed. PLEASE NOTE! Though not required, access to a stream, lake, or even a stormwater retention pool enhances this lesson! If at all possible, please arrange for your classroom to meet our educators outside.