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Wildwood students study bay watersheds

December 15, 2008

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Fifteen students, parents and faculty members from Wildwood Middle School traveled to the Spruce Knob Moutain Center in Pendleton County, W.Va., Oct. 29 and 30 to study stream and watershed ecology.

The goal of the educational field trip was to provide students and teachers living in the Potomac and Chesapeake Bay watersheds an opportunity to engage in inquiry-based outdoor science.

The trip was the first in a yearlong study of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

While at the Sruce Knob Mountain Center, at the highest point in West Virginia, students assessed the biological, chemical and physical conditions of Big Cherry Run, a mountain stream that flows into the Potomac River. Two weeks later, students applied their knowledge when they met with staff from The Mountain Institute and studied the conditions of Town Run, a Jefferson County, W.Va., stream that also flows into the Potomac River.

A spring trip to the shores of the Chesapeake Bay is planned.

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The trip was made possible through an education partnership with The Mountain Institute, established in August when teacher Norleen Hoadley participated in a three-day teacher workshop, "Potomac Stream Samplers: Caring for Our Watersheds from the Mountains to the Sea."

Founded in 1972, The Mountain Institute is based in Washington, D.C., and has offices and community-based programs in the Andean, Appalachian and Himalayan mountain ranges.

More information about the Wildwood Environment Club may be obtained by contacting Norleen Hoadley at 728-1988.

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