Western Wayne High School Students Explore Varden Conservation Area

On May 7, 2019, Western Wayne High School General Science Students visited the Varden Conservation Area and participated in ecology activities presented by Lacawac Sanctuary.  Students participated in three different activities, which involved the topics of macroinvertebrates in a pond environment, topographic mapping, and soil percolation and pollution.

Lacawac Sanctuary instructors included Jamie Reeger, Environmental Educational Manager, who presented the soil percolation studies and how they tied into the water table.   Devan George, Environmental Educator, explained water quality health through identification of macroinvertebrates found at the pond.  Bruce and Kathy Grandjean, Environmental Educators, explained topographic mapping and orienteering with compasses and maps of the area.

The field trip will be followed by a classroom presentation on water quality and the environment.  Students will participate in activities that model ground water and surface water and how they fit into a concept of a water shed.  These activities will lead to discussions about the local area and incorporate the concept of a water table and common water resources shared by all.

Funding for the Varden classroom education as well the field trip was provided through an Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) grant from the nonprofit Western Wayne Education Foundation. Christine McClure, President, 1970C Easton Turnpike, Western Wayne School District, Lake Ariel, PA 18436

Accompanying the students were instructors Dr. Mark Nebzydoski and Mrs. Maria Phillips. For more information on:

Varden Conservation area

http://www.vardenconservationarea.com/

https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofVCA/

http://www.dcnr.pa.gov/StateParks/FindAPark/VardenConservationArea/Pages/default.aspx

Lacawac Sanctuary

https://www.lacawac.org/

https://www.facebook.com/Lacawac/

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