Bethany J. Royer
PIQUA – Students at Wilder Intermediate Elementary school had special treat during their first week back to school Thursday and Friday. Staff from the Miami County Park District were on-hand for the first part of a current two-part series program via models.
“By use of these models we are teaching them the importance of watersheds,” explained Susan Condy, administrative naturalist. A watershed is an area of land where water drains off of it and into a larger body of water.
Condy was overseeing the rotation of students between the four models split into eight locations with each headed by a naturalist.
Some naturalists discussed how water filters through the ground while utilizing a model, others explained the wonderful gifts that wetlands provide us with the use of tubs full of water. Inside the water-filled tubs were symbols of the wetland gifts such as a small metal filter representing filtration, a mini baby carriage showcasing how small animals utilize such areas, and oatmeal for food.
A healthy watershed also offers sanctuary for animals to sleep or rest, as represented by a small toy bed pulled from the water.
Other discussions and models provided by the naturalists included erosion and methods to stop it, and how water runs over the surface of a community.
“We’re hope that this program will have four parts to it,” said Condy but it would depend on grants and funding on whether or not it would extend.
Next on the agenda will be to bring students to the river so as to discuss identifying the health of the water.
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