Leaf Pack Network
|Presented By||Stroud Water Research Center|
|Goal||Monitor local stream ecosystems|
|Task||Use tree leaves and aquatic insects to determine stream health|
|Where||Global, anywhere on the planet|
What is the Leaf Pack Network®?
A Hands-On Stream Ecology Investigation Based on Real Science!
Science involves more than simply collecting data. Science is also the process of communicating and sharing results, initiated through inquiry.
The Leaf Pack Network® is an international network of teachers, students, and citizen monitors investigating their local stream ecosystem. Through the Leaf Pack Experiment, monitors use tree leaves and aquatic insects to determine the health of their stream and to understand its ecology.
Individuals participating in the Leaf Pack Experiment and Leaf Pack Network® engage in the full process of designing an experiment, conducting research and communicating their results. Leaf Pack can also easily be implemented into any curriculum and fulfills many state and national science standards. Watch your students become empowered and energized learning about their local watershed!
|How to Join||
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To get involved in the Leaf Pack Network® you will need:
Materials to conduct the project. See our Equipment page for a list. Computer access to enter data on the Leaf Pack Network® website. A stream that is safely accessible by students. Leaf Pack Network® research manual.
Ready to get started? Apply online for the Leaf Pack Network® here: http://www.leafpacknetwork.org/lpn/apply.asp
For specific information on how to become involved or for the location of a workshop in your area, please email the LPN Administrator
|Project Timing||Ongoing, ideal participation in North America is in spring and fall. Check with the program administrator to find out the best time for your location.|
|Materials List||Equipment List|
|Special Skills||team building, communication, design|
|Ideal Age Group||Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors|
|Average Time||An hour or so|
|Spend the Time||outdoors|
|Type of Activity||In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes, While fishing, At school|
|Training Materials||http://www.leafpacknetwork.org/lpn/resources/index.shtm; http://www.macroinvertebrates.org/#/|
|Tags||appropriate for students, aquatic life, classroom, ecology, ecology & environment, girl scouts, insects, leaf, leaf pack, leaves, macroinverterbrates, monitoring, river, stream, student project, teachers, water quality|
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