World of the Pond

2 HRS, Grades 5-7, offered in the Spring and Fall

Students investigate the biotic and abiotic elements of the pond ecosystem. After students examine the physical characteristics of the pond and record their data, they use hand nets to collect aquatic organisms, observe them closely and release them unharmed back into the pond. Students learn to identify some of the inhabitants of the pond ecosystem, and discuss their adaptations and interrelationships. Students discuss how human actions can affect the pond environment.