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Exploring the Watershed Using Map and Compass

Students 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 Resources

These 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.


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