Curriculum

The SWRP Program has developed and published higly effective curricula around the themes of aquatic habitat health, macroinvertebrate bioassessment and stream ecology. Below, you will find short descriptions of the curricula. If you would like to learn more, we encourage you to attend the summer SWRP workshop.

Stream Restoration

Introduces students to the purpose and process or stream and watershed restoration with an emphasis on careers in environmental restoration. Students will learn how environmental restoration is conducted and how to monitor the impact to stream habitat health from restoration efforts.

Stream Macroinvertebrate Bioassessment

This curriculum introduces to the concept of stream macroinvertebrate bioassessment and how it is used by stream managers to evaluate and monitor the health of streams in the Pacific Northwest. Students will collect invertebrates in both healthy and degraded streams and compare results using standard biotic metrics and other relevant ecological indices. Related article. 

Stream Experiments

Streams and stream macroinvertebrates are ideal natural systems for education-based ecological inquiry. This curriculum is developed around simple, in-stream experiments students can design and use to conduct field-based investigations that illustrate the importance food webs, stream pollution, and ecolgical disturbance. Related Article.

Experimental concepts include: sediment saltation and Scour, R and K macroinvertebrates, Intermeidate Disturbanc Hypothesis, drift, algal food webs and stream pollution. 

 

Updated 6/27/16