Whether it’s for citizen science or your students’ projects we have a library of field equipment and classroom models available for rental. Exploring what your watershed has to offer is a great way to foster stewardship and create connections for your students about their actions and the health of our environment.
What watershed do you live in?
Explore the Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds’ (LGROW) online map to determine what watershed you live, work, or learn in. This tool is a great way for students to learn how their local watershed fits into the lower Grand River and also get connected with local organizations dedicated to keeping our watersheds clean.
Check it out here at lgrow.org/watershedmap
The Enviroscape Watershed model is a tabletop plastic landscape where students are able to experience first-hand how nonpoint source pollution is created and moves into streams via stormwater runoff. This visually striking model is a great complement to any unit on watersheds, pollution, or a great standalone activity for fairs, festivals, or workshops geared towards K-12 students.
WMEAC has two Enviroscape Watershed models available for rental.
Atlas of Common Freshwater Macroinvertebrates in Eastern North America from the Smithsonian
Check it out here: macroinvertebrates.org
Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Sampling Equipment
Aquatic macroinvertebrates are simple and engaging indicators of the health of a stream. Are you interested in collecting your own sample of aquatic organisms at your local stream? WMEAC can provide your classroom or citizen scientist project with high quality field equipment to get the job done. We have heavy-duty canvas lined dip-nets for collecting insects and other organisms from stream banks, seine nets for easy 2-person collection as well as buckets and aerators to keep your sample fresh while identifying or using it as a classroom display.
Sampling equipment is subject to availability during our Teach for the Watershed seasons.
Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Identification Kit
Aquatic macroinvertebrates are simple and engaging indicators of the health of a stream. WMEAC’s Macro ID Kit includes the essential tools used to sort and identify collected aquatic organisms. Each kit includes an easy-to-use macroinvertebrate ID key, two sample tubs, two ice cube trays for sorting, and a variety of hand tools to handle the specimens forceps, spoons, aquarium nets, pipettes).
WMEAC has two Macroinvertebrate Identification Kits available for rental.
Freshwater Chemistry Kit
This simple chemistry kit is used to determine several chemical properties of a sample of freshwater. Equipment includes a thermometer, turbidity column, and easy-to-use LaMotte TesTabs for dissolved oxygen, pH, phosphates and nitrates. Each test includes instruction cards, sample vials, and results cards.
WMEAC has one Water Chemistry Kit available for rental. The kit contains chemical tablets for 5 tests of each parameter listed above. Additional chemical tests are available upon request.
Make your own Watershed! Home Activity
In this activity, students will use craft materials to make a simple 3D model to demonstrate the flow of water across Earth’s surface. Great for grades 2nd to 6th. Check down below to download this lesson plan!
Materials are appropriate for 5th – 8th grades.