LEEC Short Course Spotlight: Exploring the Relationship between Watersheds, Water Quality, and Human Activity (Lafayette Region) Combination Workshop and Tour

We're just weeks away from LEEC's Regional Short Course event. We aim to bring environmental education all around the state with a series of day-long and half-day workshops, tours and combo events on February 16, 2019. In the weeks leading up to the event, we'll be spotlighting each of the exciting opportunities available to you. You can view a complete lineup and register for a short course at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/2019-leec-regional-short-courses.
 
First up is: Exploring the Relationship between Watersheds, Water Quality, and Human Activity


Vermilionville Living History & Folk Life Park Entrance. Image courtesy vermilionville.org

Vermilionville Living History & Folk Life Park Entrance. Image courtesy vermilionville.org

 

This 7-hour CLU course is hosted by the Bayou Vermilion District and will be held at our Vermilionville Living History Museum in Lafayette, LA.  Course material will introduce teachers to our environmental science field trip package that offers a unique experiential learning opportunity, which takes a holistic approach to understanding the topic of water.  Our environmental education package is geared specifically towards facilitating a comprehensive understanding that connects the quality of water flowing through our local bayous to our daily habits, our cultural traditions, and our interactions with our natural resources, especially the Bayou Vermilion. In this course, participants will tour our Watershed Exhibit and Rain Garden, conduct a Macroinvertebrate sampling activity, conduct a Water Quality chemical test analysis, and take a Boat Tour on the Bayou Vermilion.
 

Vermilionville offers environmental education packages for groups of students.

Vermilionville offers environmental education packages for groups of students. Image courtesy vermilionville.org.

 

  • Watershed Exhibit tours:  Introduce students to the dynamic interconnections of planetary heat distribution due to the seasons, seasonal weather phenomenon, the water cycle, the life cycle of plants and animals, the physics of watersheds, the effects of water on humanity, and the effects of humanity on water.
  • Rain Garden Tours:  Introduce students to Best Management Practices used to improve water quality as they tour our BMP demonstration projects on property.
  • Macroinvertebrate Sampling:  During this activity, students will collect water samples from our pond, identify and classify the larvae of various aquatic macroinvertebrate organisms, and use their data as indicators of water quality.
  • Water Quality Sampling:  During this activity, students will collect water samples from the Bayou Vermilion and use our water quality test kits to test for temperature, pH, salinity, turbidity/water clarity, and dissolved oxygen.
  • Boat Tours of the Bayou Vermilion:  Expose students to a firsthand experience and interpretation of Bayou Vermilion topography and hydrology, the process of riparian and alluvial sedimentation, riparian habitats, and the important role that swamp systems serve to improve water quality.  
 
Presenter: Gregory Guidroz, Bayou Vermilion District
Location: Vermilionville Living History Museum, 300 Fisher Rd, Lafayette, LA 70508
Grade Level: 5th-8th, 9th-12th 
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.