River Classroom Update

The Fall semester flew by, and all four of our River Classroom groups have done wonderfully! Check out these photos of what we’ve been up to.

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River Classroom students surveying benthic macroinvertebrates on the Santa Cruz river for the first time
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Checking a kick seine for benthic macroinvertebrates on the Brazos River

Our students have had many opportunities to learn how to use a microscope and to examine benthic macroinvertebrates in detail.

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Learning how to use a microscope

We’ve spent a lot more time on benthic macroinvertebrates this year than in the past, and our students have become experts! In December we also began learning about the water quality parameters that we will be measuring in the spring. Students made a wheel of water quality parameters to help them learn complicated terms like turbidity, conductivity, and pH.

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Our Chama students got a very special treat- we visited the water treatment plant and the brand new wastewater treatment plant! The professionals who work at these places measure water quality every single day to make sure that the Village of Chama has safe water to drink.

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Checking out the water treatment plant

Our middle and high school group from Espanola has done a great deal of data collection while exploring new places this fall.

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Our students hiked to the top of Pajarito Ski Area in the Jemez Mountains
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Taking a break from collecting DBH data to explore ruins at Bandelier National Monument

The school year is off to a great start, and we can’t wait to see what the spring holds for our brilliant, adventurous students!

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