Island Watershed Activity: Introducing students to watersheds and water quality

by: Rod Benson

Before students can understand important water quality issues, they must learn about the existence and dynamics of watersheds. In this activity, students mold an island out of clay with distinct drainage basins, observe runoff by dropping water on the structure, mark rivers and watershed boundaries, and draw a map of the island model. Following the island activity, students are assigned a project to determine what they learned and to find out if they can apply their knowledge to a real watershed.


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 2/1/2003Stock # tst03_070_02_26Volume 070Issue 02

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