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February 2nd, 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Mammal Study (6 - 8 years old) - Mammals are a fun group of animals to study not only for their charismatic qualities, but also because students learn that they belong to this unique group as well! Students spend the day investigating what makes a mammal a mammal, and later hike Au Sable’s trails in search of these furry critters and the clues they leave behind.
Wildlife Study (9 - 11 years old) - Wildlife Study introduces students to beginning ecology lessons by leading them through a variety of habitats to conduct a wildlife census. The data the students gather are used to highlight how energy flows through an ecosystem and create food chains, food webs, food pyramids, and carrying capacities. Students learn through the census, games, and simulations that all wildlife need unpolluted food, clean water, clean air, shelter, and space.
Water Quality Study (12 - 18 years old) - Students learn about water quality by comparing local Big Twin Lake with Au Sable’s Louie’s Pond. Students take water samples and temperature, pH, and dissolved oxygen readings from both water bodies. Using microscopes, we compare the organisms found in the lake and pond. Through these tests, students determine the trophic level of both bodies of water and learn about factors affecting water quality in northern Michigan.