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8th Graders Wade into Water Quality

November 23, 2015

Last month, 8th graders from South Meadow and Great Brook Schools waded into water quality studies of Bogle Brook (Peterborough) and No Name Brook (Antrim).

8th graders wade into No Name Brook in search of aquatic macroinvertebrates. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

8th graders wade into No Name Brook in search of aquatic macroinvertebrates. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

A team of 8th graders works with Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol Faber to sort and identify aquatic macroinvertebrates. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

A team of 8th graders works with Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol Faber to sort and identify aquatic macroinvertebrates. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

Under the guidance of Harris Center naturalists, the students learned to collect and identify aquatic macroinvertebrates − which serve as bio-indicators of water quality − living in the two brooks. They also used hand-held probes to measure and record temperature, pH, and dissolved oxygen.

These studies are part of a year-long learning partnership with the Harris Center, with a focus on ecology and biodiversity. Next up: winter investigations into the connections between deer, humans, and the woods.