Before you venture outside with your students make sure to visit your stream beforehand! Oftentimes there are unforeseen challenges to accessing the stream such as a lack of a trail, poison ivy, or steep banks. Don’t let this deter you but please check out your stream before taking students. Read more about smart and safe streamside practices.
Learn about the properties of a stream ecosystem and some of the animals who live there. Maryland Department of Natural Resources biologists have shared a pdf of the PowerPoint used in our workshops which highlights the most important chemical and physical elements for a healthy aquatic ecosystem as well as a detailed look at the benthic macroinvertebrates who live in streams.
- Interactive Maps. This is the online mapping repository for spatial data for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Explore Maryland virtually with your
students and identify your closest stream, where it leads, and the
varied natural resources that surround your school and community.
Maryland Fieldscope – This is where you will upload stream data collected by students, and where you can find additional data to use in the classroom. National Geographic Society’s web-based mapping, analysis, and collaboration tool is designed to support geographic investigations and to engage students as citizen scientists investigating real-world issues – both in the classroom and in outdoor educational settings. Fieldscope also has both a national and regional site with corresponding maps and resources.
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