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Follow Us on Our Fifth Annual Political and Environmental Study of Shingle Creek

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