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Benthic Macroinvertebrate Field Investigation


Region: Berkshire
Level: Grade 3 - 5, Grade 6 - 8
Program type: Field Trip;

Description: Benthic Macroinvertebrates present in a stream are a good indicator of that stream's health. In this field trip, which usually follows the classroom benthic macroinvertebrate investigation, students sample a local stream using kick nets and sampling trays. After identifying the invertebrates using dichotomous keys, students complete students record their findings on a data sheet and complete a water quality assessment of the stream.

Topics: Animals, Water Quality, Watershed

Aligned to content standards (if any):
Grade 3 LS3, Grade 4 ESS3, High School ESS3, High School Biology LS1 , High School Biology LS2, High School Chemistry PS1

Additional information (if any): School would have to provide bus transportation, unless we have available grant funds. Field site appropriate for sampling will be identified by HVA in conversation with the teacher. Class size needs to be kept to 30 or less. Back to back field trips may be arranged to accommodate all students.

2 hours minimum.

Lesson plans, background information and water quality data form available. If teachers are confident about leading this program themselves, HVA is willing to loan all the supplies necessary. Please contact us to discuss.

Fee Information: Please call to discuss fee details.
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Students analyzing their field sample