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(P205) Conservation Field Days - Pond Life.
Beglinger, Janice*,1, Light, Gregory1, 1 Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, NY, USA
ABSTRACT- Conservation Field Days is an annual event sponsored by the Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation Department. Local sixth grade classes are transported to Mendon Ponds Park (Monroe County, NY) where they learn about the environment by visiting seven stations. Since 1988, Eastman Kodak Company has been teaching students at the Pond Life Station. A brief introduction on pond life, the importance of clean water, and biomonitoring is presented. Students are then given the opportunity to find and identify aquatic organisms. Aquatic invertebrates are the main focus of the station as they are plentiful and easy to catch. Prior to the students arrival several large pans are dosed with pond water, pond weeds, and aquatic organisms. The students are divided into small groups. Each pan is equipped with pipettes, vials, and a colored ID sheet. The students are encouraged to identify organisms as they find them. Kodak scientists visit each group to assist with identification, discuss life cycles, and to answer questions. This hands-on approach is very popular with students and their teachers. This poster will provide an overview of the Pond Life Station and activities designed for educating the students.
Key words: education, biomonitoring, aquatic organisms, conservation
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