Stream Ecology


Stream Ecology

A meandering river can have a profound influence on the surrounding landscape. In this hands-on lesson, students will use our new Stream Table to experience the effects that a changing river can have on an ecosystem. We will examine the consequences of erosion and learn why deposition and turbidity can alter the river habitat. By building and adjusting a river system with our own hands, we can look closely at how human influences can negatively affect the river and corresponding ecosystem.

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Your field trip includes an 45-60 minute guided program, including an introduction to the topic of Stream Ecology using our Stream Table, an in-depth discussion and investigation and a chance for students to reflect upon what they’ve learned. In addition to your guided lesson you will have the opportunity to experience a live bird presentation, visit our trails and exhibits, and enjoy lunch on our grounds.

Stream Ecology is suitable for students in grades 3-8 but can be customized to fit the needs of most age groups. Work with our educators to specify the right combination of in-depth analysis and comparisons for your learners.

All VINS educators have extensive experience in environmental education, the natural sciences, and science instruction. Every instructor works with a certified teacher in NH and VT to ensure their content and methods align with the Next Generation Science Standards and the best practices for outdoor education. All instructors are First Aid and CPR certified.


Enhancing Classroom Curriculum with On-Site, Place-Based Education

Explore the natural world with hands-on lessons aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards.