Animal Adaptations- grades K-8.
Identify how animals have adapted to their specific
environment. Discuss the characteristics of each
environment and identify the adaptations of birds,
mammals and fish which work to allow them to
live in these environments. Examine pelts, skulls
and specimens of local animals.
Animal Tracking- grades 4-12.
Identify the ways in which animals leave signs
that they are living in our region. Practice
ways in which we can use our senses to tell the
story of the animals who share our watershed.
May include an exploration into animal tracking,
bird language or an animal game.
Aquatic Macroinvertebrates/Water Bugs- grades
Discover how organisms who live in the water can
tell us about the quality of the water. Life cycles
and anatomy of aquatic insects are explored. Students
are introduced to different species of water bugs
and their adaptations through specimens and slides.
Ethnobotany: Traditional uses of our local plants-grades 2-8.
Learn about some of the Native American groups
who originally lived in the watershed and how previous
and current cultural groups rely on the native
plants of our region. Students examine specimens,
plant samples and practical objects made from local
plants and animals.
Groundwater- grades 4-12
Learn how local geology affects our groundwater system. Using an interactive model, discover how local choices affect groundwater safety.
Habitats of our Ecosystem- grades 2-5.
An introduction to the different habitats present
in Columbia Slough watershed and the larger region.
Through hands-on activities, characteristics of various habitats are examined. Students then work to match plants
and animals with their respective habitats.
Invasive Species-grades 6-college
Using hands-on examples and slides learn to identify local invasives species, how they affect native habitats and what can be done to prevent their spread in the region.
Riparian Plants- grades 3-8.
Explore the role of plants in our riparian areas
along waterways and the impact these plants have
on the quality of our water. Students will identify
the differences between native and non-native
plants and the impacts of both. Characteristics
of riparian plants will be identified, using
field guides and plant samples.
Water Chemistry- grades 4-12.
Investigate different ways to measure the health
of a water body. Students observe, use units,
interpret data and form hypotheses as they measure
the temperature, pH, turbidity and dissolved
oxygen of water samples taken from their school
or local field site.
Water Cycle-grades 2-6
Using an interactive whole class activity, study how water travels through the environment.
Wetland Introduction- grades
Explore the characteristics
of local wetlands including soil, wetland plants and
hydrological regime. Use hands-on demonstrations to
functions of wetlands and their watershed
What is a Watershed?- grades 1-college.
An overview activity to learn about watersheds
and sources of pollution. Students use historical
and current maps of their local watershed to
identify changes over time. With a watershed
model, students may explore impacts of point
and non-point pollution on their local waterways,
including the Columbia Slough and groundwater
sources. For highschool and college students, we also offer a powerpoint on the industrial and environmental history of the slough.
If you are interested in creating a plan of study with
the Slough School, contact:
Sheilagh Diez, Slough School Education Director
Phone: (503) 281-1132