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Fall Stewards – “Macro Mayhem”

October 8, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Education and Outreach Center
123 S. Broadway Street (Next to the Garden Cafe)
Sarah Bowman
Fall Stewards - "Macro Mayhem" @ Education and Outreach Center
Join us in the Education and Outreach Garden for our second “Fall Stewards” program. This program is once again geared towards Gallatin County homeschoolers to help kids get outside and learn about nature with hands-on activities! For our second Fall Stewards event, we’ll be utilizing our Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Educational Trunk to learn all about aquatic insects, their adaptations for living in the water, and how they can be used as a biological indicator for healthy bodies of water. Take a look at the following link to learn more about the lessons included in this educational trunk:
This event will once again be broken up into TWO AGE GROUPS. From 10 AM to 12 PM our activities will be targeted towards 2nd – 5th graders and we will be learning what macroinvertebrates are, how they adapt to living in water, and how they act as biological indicators using the first two lessons in the educational trunk linked above. From 1 PM – 3 PM our activities will be targeted towards 6th graders and above. For this age group we will discuss the same topics as the morning session, but with a focus on observing and identifying live macroinvertebrate samples from multiple locations (using the 3rd lesson in the educational trunk). We’ll use dichotomous keys to identify the macroinvertebrates in the samples and discuss how we can tell the water quality for each site based on which insects we find and why macroinvertebrates serve as biological indicators for water health.
Both sessions will be held in the Outreach and Education Center and will be outside, so please dress accordingly for the weather. Younger kids are more than welcome to also join the afternoon session and vice versa, but just be aware of the target lesson activities for each session.
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