On June 13th, 2012 our entire class journeyed from the Coon Rapids Dam and floated to River Park in Brooklyn Park, stopping only at a deserted island to do water and habitat analysis. Students and Staff had the learning experience of a lifetime!
In 2013 after five consecutive summers, the Political and Environmental Study did not receive funding. However we did receive funding from a Hennepin County Branch Grant to continue to develop this Web site as a resource for teachers who see the value in educating their students on perhaps the most critical issue of our time--water.
In August of 2013 we added two wonderful units that can be used to introduce any lesson on water:
Here are pictures of our students' experiences from our final program:
Our students receive advanced level hydrology instruction from Diane Spector and her associates at Wenck Associates. MPS teachers Kent Piccott and Tom Murray then lead students into the Shingle Creek and Mississippi River to identify, predict and investigate the factors that influence the quality of water and how it can be reused, recycled and conserved. Finally, students are introduced to leaders in the information and political communities that they can influence to maintain these vital watersheds.
Tutorial One: Intro to Shingle Creek
Tutorial Two: Coming soon
Tutorial Three: Politics and History of Shingle Creek PowerPoint
Tutorial Four: Habitat Ecology
Tutorial Five: Stream Habitat and Restoration
Tutorial Six: Shingle Creek Hydrology 101
Area Learning Center
Mississippi Watershed Management Organizaton
Wenck Associates, Inc.
Carl Kroening Interpretive Center
Shingle Creek Watershed Association
Environmental Justice Advocates of Minnesota (EJAM)
Hennepin County Green Partners Support and Funding
Initiative Quarterly Magazine
Everyone Has Riverfront Property
2011 Rafting Video
2012 Video of Course, Press Conference, Raft Trip
2012 Student Satisfaction Survey Says...
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