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TMLIA hosts Wakanda 3rd Grade Field Trip

TMLIA had a great time teaching 60 Wakanda 3rd graders all about our water resources last week on the shores of Lake Menomin!

Groups of students rotated through 6 stations set up throughout Lakeside Park on Tuesday, May 23.

Click the link below to see pictures from the day.

Here are the descriptions of the different learning stations:

 

Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Station: A chance to look up close at dragonfly larvae, snails, amphipods, water boatman, backswimmers, caddisfly larvae, leeches, and damselfly nymphs caught just minutes and inches away in their very own Lake Menomin!  A TMLIA member explained the significance of how the presence of certain insects indicate the health of the lake.

 

Bugs Don't Bug Me! Activity Station: Full of puzzles and pictures, students got to match the larval form of aquatic insects to the more familiar flying adults.

 

Infiltration Game Station: Students acted out how plants, like the ones in the nearby rain garden, slow down runoff.

 

Riparian Reflections Station: A chance for creative writing, short stories, poems, or journal entries inspired by the lake and lakeshore surroundings. Many students had the opportunity to observe goose families, jumping fish, and snapping turtles.

 

Water Quality Testing Station: Students were able to perform actual water quality tests of phosphorus, nitrogen, pH, dissolved oxygen, temperature and turbidity on the water straight from Lake Menomin.  A TMLIA member explained why these numbers are important and what they mean for the organisms that live in the lake.

 

Watershed Demonstration Station: A model watershed illustrated how all the activities on the land affect our waters and what kinds of things we can do to prevent pollution.


Attached files: [Lakeside_Park_Field_Day.pdf],

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