Fourth grade students at Rush Creek Elementary School recently had the opportunity to learn about the Elm Creek Watershed in their classrooms by participating in interactive activities.
Jessica Sahu Teli, an educator from the West Metro Water Alliance (WMWA), presented an interactive lesson to teach students about runoff and how it affects rivers and lakes in the area. The WMWA works to educate residents, businesses, and institutions within the area watersheds about protecting and improving water quality of lakes, rivers and streams, and protecting the water management infrastructure, such as storm water runoff systems.
In the interactive lesson, Sahu Teli explained to students the importance of native plants and the difference between pervious and impervious surfaces. Students had the opportunity to conduct hands-on experiments to model surface types and learned how to collect data for further analysis.
"This engaging and motivating lesson taught students the importance of taking care of our waterways to conserve water and preserve our environment,” fourth grade teacher Jean Westrum said.
For more information on the WMWA, visit their website.