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The Science of Water Quality

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How healthy is your local stream or pond? This popular program is now mobile, so we can come to your school and test the quality of your nearby wetlands. Students will learn to use a variety of science test kits to check water's pH, dissolved oxygen, nitrate levels, and turbidity. We will also look for macro-invertebrates and identify them, learning what the presence of the "indicator species" reveals about the quality of the water they live in. Students will get good hands-on experience as they learn the scientific method. This program will help students gain skills of measuring, analyzing, and interpreting to help meet many of the State's benchmarks in science education.

Study Balch Creek at the Audubon Society of Portland, or test the wetland near your school.

Our thanks to the Jackson Foundation, the Collins Foundation, and the Gysel Family for their generous contributions to our Nature Study Shelter and Water Science Station.

Program Length: 2 hours
Fee: $160 for up to 30 participants
Ages: 3rd Grade through Adult

To register for this program please call 503-292-6855 x120 for more information.

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