In-School Exploration

Provider: Around the Bend Nature Tours through Sarasota Bay

Contact: Darcy Young

Starting cost per student: $0

Additional Info: This is an on-campus exploration. For optional off-campus field study call for assistance with bus cost calculation.

Max. Capacity:

Transportation Needed?  No

Who Arranges Transportation? School

Is Financial Assistance Offered?  Yes


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This Tech Kit is available on loan from the Sarasota Bay Estuary P.I.E.R. Program for a period of up to 2 weeks. It provides supplies and instruction for teacher-led lesson plans focused on stormwater management and cutting edge groundwater infiltration methods to improve water quality.

Students will understand the concept of watershed. Students will understand that non-point source pollution can be mitigated by the principals of Low Impact Development. Students will map the flow of water from their school site to Sarasota Bay and ultimately the Gulf of Mexico. Students will analyze water quality in the school retention pond and any accessible adjacent waterways. Students will create a model LID program for a real site. On an optional field trip students will analyze water quality in the field.

OPTIONAL: Field trip sites include the Celery Fields, Bay Preserve in Osprey, Oscar Scherer State Park or 5th Street LID Project in Palmetto.

Included in the Low Impact Development – LID Tech Kit:

  • Teacher notebook with lesson plans, worksheet masters and instructions
  • Jump drive with videos, power points, lesson plans, masters
  • 10 LaMotte Water Quality Test Kits
  • All materials needed for the following activities
    • Fred the Fish Activity – follow Fred down a waterway as he encounters pollution
    • Contaminated Creek Activity
    • Water Quality Testing with LaMotte Kits and Test-tabs
    • Water Wonders Water Cycle Activity – students become water molecules randomly traversing the water cycle. They will then write a journal of their travels.

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