Our education trailer is an 18 foot, walk-through exhibit full of hands-on exhibits where visitors can discover some of the many wonders of aquatic ecosystems.
Exhibits include: healthy vs. unhealthy streams, watersheds, point and non-point pollution, aquatic organisms and much more. Along with a tour through the trailer, students participate in grade appropriate activities including the water cycle, flow of energy in aquatic ecosystems, and adaptations of the aquatic organisms that allow for their survival in a changing environment.
Below is a series of information relating to our available classroom programs.
This presentation emphasizes biotic and abiotic factors in ecosystems and the transfer of energy through a food web. For older students, limiting factors and other population dynamics are discussed that affect the ability of ecosystems to recover from disturbances over time.
Students will spend time outdoors observing nature and then recording it. Recordings can be done by sketching, writing, using mathematical equations, poetry etc. This program encourages students to use observing methods to understand nature including: ecosystems, chain events, and biological processes.
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Students examine real fossils to learn how organisms have changed over time to meet changes in their environment. Learn how fossils form and how the Earth’s geologic record shows us how landforms have shifted and changed over time.
Examine the lithosphere! Students learn about the three different types of rocks and how they form, how to classify and identify minerals using Moh’s Hardness Scale and learn about basic geological processes that shape the Earth’s surface.
Water changes forms to move through the hydrologic cycle. Students understand the movement of water of Earth from one sphere to another, how contamination can move from sphere to sphere, and how weather patterns affect water on Earth’s surface through a fun, hands-on game.
This is our most popular presentation! Students discover the water cycle and how it works with a fun, interactive game. Discussion includes how water pollution occurs, the movement of water in the ground and the correlation between porosity, permeability, rate of flow and infiltration with the current depletion of ground water world-wide. For middle school students, the presentation includes a ground water flow model.
Students learn about common Ohio mammals by examining their fur, skulls and tracks. Middle and High School students learn skull anatomy and how to use a dichotomous key to identify skulls.
Grade specific activities that focus on the formation and composition of soils, how the Earth’s surface is shaped by erosion, weathering and deposition, how rock is weathered to form soil, soil as a non-renewable resource, and the importance of soils as an abiotic factor in ecosystems.
This two day program includes a classroom introduction to stream monitoring, and a field day where students learn how to use chemical and biological parameters to determine water quality in streams. Limited funding is available for bus transportation.
This program highlights bats and their misconceptions. Students will be interactive as we decipher between true or false statements.
Students will interact as pollinators collecting nectar and learn how to collect pollen along the way. Students will learn the importance of pollinators and how we can protect them.
Students will learn about conservation practices they can do at home that can help on a global scale.
Students will learn how animals adapt. They will engage in a game of adaptations and learn why adaptations are important to an animal’s survival.
Students will collect litter and create their own “fish” using the litter. This represents the litter that is accumulated and then sent down storm drains and can be found in local waterways. This program encourages students to protect our water and reduce/reuse/recycle.
Students will try and “escape the room” by answering questions and using keys to open the next challenge. There are three separate templates for the Carbon, Nitrogen, and Water cycles. There is also an online version where students place all the information in a google document and then once completed are considered “escaped”.
The District also offers several loner trunks, teachers may borrow for one week to use in their classroom. The trunks contain complete activities and materials. The trunks that are currently available include: Monarch Butterflies, Earthworms, Bats, Owls, Wild Turkey and Animal Tracks.
Below you will find videos created here at Muskingum Soil and Water to help educate about soil, water and conservation. If you have any questions or would like to know more information please contact Betsy Rosser by calling (740) 454-2027.
MISSION: “To heighten the awareness and importance of our natural environment by providing students with a competitive hands-on experience.”
Students are tested on 5 categories: Forestry, Soils and Land Use, Aquatic Ecology, Wildlife , and Current Environmental Issues (CEI). The 2024 CEI topic is: “Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Future”.
Tri-County Envirothon-April 9,2024 at Taft Reserve South in Licking County
Area 3 Envirothon-April 24,2024 at Glenford Fort Preserve, Glenford, OH
Ohio State Envirothon-TBD
North American Envirothon-July 28-August 3,2024 at Hobart and William Smith
Colleges, Geneva, New York
High School (grades 9-12)
The Envirothon is an annual competition held each Spring. High school teams consisting of five students compete for recognition and scholarships by demonstrating their knowledge of environmental science, conservation, and natural resources management. Teams exercise their training and problem solving skills in a competition centered on the 5 categories mentioned above. There are four Envirothon competitions yearly for high school teams:
Middle School Envirothon (grades 6-8)
Middle School Envirothon prepares students for the high school level competition while learning more about the environment and Earth’s natural resources. The Middle School Envirothon is held in conjunction with the Tri-County Envirothon.
Study Resources for High School Students
Study resources for the Envirothon can found at: https://www.envirothon.org/
Contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District to sign up a team(s) or for more information:
Muskingum SWCD: Betsy Rosser, firstname.lastname@example.org