The Huron River Watershed Council offers a menu of volunteer-led streamside activities to school groups. Each activity lasts approximately 30 minutes.
|Benthic Macroinvertebrates Collection||An adult collects materials from the stream. Students then pick through the gathered rocks, branches, leaf packs, etc. to find and collect insect larvae and other small creatures.|
|Benthic Macroinvertebrates Identification||Students sort and identify benthic macroinvertebrates. Appropriate for classroom and streamside visits.|
|Conductivity||Students use a conductivity meter to measure the conductivity of local water samples. Appropriate for classroom and streamside visits.|
|Dissolved Oxygen||Students use a chemical indicator test to measure the amount of dissolved oxygen in local water samples. Best for secondary students.|
|Erosion||Students perform experiments to see how the steepness of a slope and surface conditions of the soil affect erosion. Appropriate for classroom and streamside visits.|
|Measuring Streambanks||Students measure the height and slope of a streambank.|
|Nitrates||Using a nitrate test kit, we will determine fixed nitrate through the cadmium reduction method.|
|pH||Students use a pH kit to measure the pH of local water samples. Appropriate for classroom and streamside visits.|
|Phosphate||Students use a spectrophotometer to test for phosphate and learn about eutrophication.|
Stream Velocity and Discharge
|Students measure the speed of the stream.
Discharge adapts this unit for advanced High School.
|Streams as Homes||Students observe and discuss the variety of habitats in the stream.|
|Temperature||Students use alcohol thermometers to measure the temperature of the stream at several points.|
|Turbidity||Students use a turbidity or transparency tube to measure the relative amount of sediment in the stream.|