Kids in the Creek

Hi all!

Things have been picking up here at Team Naturaleza, and this past week was no exception! Between the afterschool programs and meetings with other organizations, I had the opportunity to experience one of our local outdoor environmental education programs. This three-day long program that is run by Cascadia Conservation District is called Kids in the Creek, and it takes place in Entiat, Washington, which is about 20 miles north of Wenatchee. I learned so much during my time there, and got some pretty neat pictures in kids in waders!

 

Students from The River Academy searching for macroinvertebrates with Kick-Nets and D-Nets.

Kids in the Creek was visited by many high school classes from nearby towns, and the educators range from U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists to volunteers who study environmental education. The diversity in educators makes this program run so well, because the students get knowledge from different backgrounds and levels of expertise. It is also a fun program because the students get to experience six different activity stations. At these stations they learn about different things, such as how to calculate stream flow, how to identify macroinvertebrates, and about local habitats. I had the chance to volunteer at the macroinvertebrate station the first day, and it was a blast! I mean, how can you not have fun when you’re knee-deep in pond water looking for bugs! 🙂

Tracy Baker is a secondary science teacher at The River Academy.

U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff helping students identify macroinvertebrates.

 

 

 

Identifying the types of bugs birds eat is always fascinating, especially with a microscope. The students also had the opportunity to learn how to calculate stream flow using different equations, and it was also a good excuse to have Ken and Barbie boat races!

Students calculating stream flow by measuring the velocity of the stream with boats.

I was not about to leave Entiat without taking a picture of the famous Numeral Mountain for all of you! This has been a tradition since 1923 where every year, seniors climb up to it and paint their year onto the mountain. It has even been featured in National Geographic! It is a sight to see!

That’s all for this time!

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you next week for more updates on my adventures!

 

-Blanca

 

 

 

Blanca Lopez
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