by Robin McKillop
On February 3, a group of 25 enthusiastic fifth-grade students from Laurel Dell Elementary School in San Rafael attended a Water Walk field trip at Lake Lagunitas on the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed. MMWD Water Conservation staff led students on a two-mile hike around the lake, teaching them about ecology, natural history, water supply and conservation. As we hiked, students took notes in their journals and viewed nature up close using hand-held monoculars. One of the highlights of this field trip was the water cycle game in which students pretended to be water drops moving through the water cycle. Can you name the nine places on earth (and in the atmosphere) where water exists? Where do you think most of these water drops ended up and why? See answers below.
Half of the students who attended this field trip reported that they had never visited the watershed before, and 96 percent reported that they learned a lot about water by attending. Check out some of the artwork students provided when asked what they liked best about the field trip.
Laurel Dell School received free school bus transportation from MMWD to this field trip. MMWD is pleased to be able to offer this type of assistance to qualifying schools attending field trips on the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed. If you are interested in learning more about this and other MMWD Water Education Programs, please visit us online at marinwater.org, or contact us at by phone at (415) 945-1458 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Places on earth where water exists: ocean, glaciers, clouds, soil, groundwater, plants, animals, lakes and rivers.
Most of the drops ended up in the ocean because this is where almost all (97 percent) of the water on earth is found.