Watershed Education for Middle School

Langley Middle School Marine Science

Advancing Watershed Education Through Marine Field Exploration 

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Through hands-on inquiry based projects students are discovering the value of clean water and the role they can play in protecting this valuable resource. Whidbey Watershed Stewards and their team of community volunteers work alongside students in the field and in their classroom.

Field experiences provide:

  • Understanding of ecosystem connectivity
  • Foster conservation ethic
  • Promote an appreciation of water resources
  • Exposure to water quality monitoring and patterns
  •  Aquatic habitat study

Students are currently investigating the potential environmental stressors impacting the marine ecosystem:

  • Measuring human impact on plankton and organisms dependent on a healthy marine environment.
  • Performing monthly plankton collections.
  • Devising systems to classify, organize and identify organisms.
  • Exploring marine food webs and energy flow.
  • Comparing similarities and differences between organisms.
  • Collecting water quality samples and recording patterns.
  • Conducting experiments that mimic the impact of ocean acidification on shellfish.
  • Developing and constructing models of plankton which demonstrate their ability to remain suspended.

Students explore how storm water impacts their aquifer:

  • Surveyed the function of a student created rain garden.
  • Rain Garden specialist from Island Transit demonstrated how each rain garden is uniquely designed.
  • Conducted a habitat assessment by walking their watershed and noting stormwater runoff locations and the state of riparian habitat.  
  • Began restoring the wetland behind their school by removing invasive plants and replacing them with native plants. 
  • Measured the wild bird population of the wetland by participating in a citizen science project known as Celebrate Urban Birds.