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Exploring the Watershed Using Map and Compass
investigate the connection between forest health and water quality. Working in
groups, the students observe the land of local watershed by conducting a field
survey of the surrounding forest and riparian buffers. Students use a map and compass to navigate
through the watershed to their assigned survey locations. At the end of the
lesson, students analyze their data to determine if the forest is in good
condition to protect the water quality of the streams nearby.
lesson materials are designed to supplement and refresh the workshops. Teachers are strongly encouraged to attend a
training workshop before teaching the exploring the watershed class. Teachers
are encouraged to use the resources below, but are welcome to adjust them to
fit the needs of their students and outdoor environmental education program.
Model Lesson on Video (youtube) - this can help the teachers review before teaching the lesson at their school's Outdoor Environmental Education Program. It does not take the place of attending an initial in-person training.
Prezi on Exploring the Watershed
Exploring the Watershed Part 1: Overview
Exploring the Watershed Part 2: Map Use and Data Collection
Exploring the Watershed Part 3: Compass and Safety
Exploring the Watershed Part 4: Wrap Up and Evaluation
Suggested Indoor Alternatives:
Sediment Sediment (Bay Savers Game)
Alternative Navigation Activity with Maps