Water Study Programs
Come and investigate the Chattahoochee River Watershed! We have several hands-on, interdisciplinary programs that will have your students pushing up their sleeves for a great day of exploration. All programs are GPS correlated for each grade!
Project H2O – A Study of Water
(Water Quality & Watershed Study) – Grades 9th-12th
Bring real world experiences to your students in this hands-on two pond comparison on the grounds of CNC. This is a biological & chemical assessment. Students will sample macroinvertebrates as bioindicators and conduct chemical testing using test kits to measure nitrate and phosphate levels. This study will provide STEM experience that will include gathering real-time data using a Basic Observation Buoy (BOB) datalogger that has sensors to collect data such as pH, Dissolved Oxygen, Temperature and Conductivity. Then, students delve into social & historical information to understand land use, pollution, and the importance of maintaining good water quality in the Chattahoochee River watershed. Your class will view our new film, “The Chattahoochee Re-Imagine our River” and finally end your day with a visit from one of our non-releasable raptors that makes its home along the river. Ideal for AP Environmental Science classes to conduct field base experiences – “students can acquire skills in specific techniques and procedures (such as collecting and analyzing water samples)”APES- College Board
- Project H20 – $16 per student
- Two FREE adults per every 30 students
- Additional adults pay $16
River Study and Canoe Trip on the Chattahoochee River
Plus view our new film “The Chattahoochee Re-Imagine our River”
There is no program more hands-on than our canoe programs. This 3 hour guided canoe trip introduce students to the Chattahoochee River, its history, current issues surrounding our watershed, and how students can impact the river. Each trip is led by a CNC Certified Interpretive Guide and offers a unique introduction to the ecology of the Chattahoochee River. No prior canoeing experience is necessary. After your trip, view our new movie “The Chattahoochee Re-Imagine our River” – this 22-minute film will lay the groundwork for a better understanding of the Chattahoochee River and its surrounding watershed. All Naturalists are CPR/First Aid Certified and experienced paddlers. CNC provides all equipment – canoe, paddles, and personal flotation device (PFDs) for participants. Maximum 24 students/teachers. Trips available April through October.
- $15 per person
- One FREE adult per trip
- Additional adults pay $15
Advanced Pond Study
(Macroinvertebrate Field Study to assess local water quality)
This field inquiry lesson will introduce students to many aquatic invertebrates and to the concept that their presence or absence can help us determine the quality of the water in streams, rivers, lakes and ponds.
- Sample macroinvertebrates in our ponds as bioindicators of water quality
- Use field equipment – dip nets, microscopes, ph meter, macroinvertebrate id charts
- Draw conclusions & explain the impacts that affect the water quality of these ponds within Chattahoochee River watershed
Field Study of wetland plants, soil, and water to better understand the functions, values, and importance of this ecosystem within The Chattahoochee River watershed.
- Learn about the biodiversity of wetland plants using plant keys
- Sample & identify wetland soils
- Use a wetland model to learn and discuss the beneficial functions of wetlands
- Live Animal Encounter
Program Pricing: (Pond Study or Wetland Ecology)
- $10 per person
- One FREE adult per every 28 students
- Additional adults pay $10
- Double Program (combine both programs): $16
FREE! Program Extension:
WATER TREATMENT PLANT VISIT
This is a unique STEM opportunity connecting nature and technology. Take a free tour at the Johns Creek Environmental Campus in Alpharetta, GA. The tours (Introduction Video, Tour of wastewater plant, and Lab Activity) are designed to increase awareness of the value and importance of water and wastewater treatment by allowing students to learn about and witness the process first-hand. Learn about the newest method to treat wastewater that uses Membrane Biological Reactor (MBR) technology. To schedule your tour visit: www.fultoncountyga.gov/exhibits-a-tours-jcec