Sample Abiotic Data for Golden Pond

Cambridge Christmas Bird Counts

Cambridge Christmas Bird Count 2020 Please obey all directives provided by Waterloo Public Health during the count to keep yourself and our community safe.  If Waterloo is in lockdown on December 20th the count will be cancelled.  Area leaders will get an email if this is the case and I would ask that you communicate […]

Gr. 9 Aquatic Ecology

SNC 1D/1P – Biology The Sustainability of Ecosystems – Ecosystems and Human Activity Students work in groups to describe abiotic and biotic components of an aquatic environment. Abiotic factors measured include dissolved oxygen, carbon dioxide, temperature, pH, etc. Students use various resources to identify and classify organisms. By the end of the activity the students […]

Gr 12 Groundwater (UW/OEE Joint Program)

SES 4U, SVN 3M, SVN 3E – Earth Science In collaboration with the University of Waterloo, and the Earth Sciences Museum our Outdoor Education activity for Earth Science Students focuses on groundwater resources. The program is now a full day. The morning is spent conducting a field study at one of our sites learning how […]

Gr. 12 Geology Geocaching

SES 4U – Earth and Space Science Internal and Surfical Earth Processes, or Earth History The aim of this program is to introduce students to the geology and geomorphology of Southern Ontario. Students use a GPS (Global Positioning System) device and some basic mapping skills to find their way to activity stations in the forest […]

Gr. 12 Populations – Bird Banding (Mark – Recapture/Resight)

SBI 4U – Biology: Mathematical description of how to estimate a population Students participate in a bird banding demonstration, a method used to track changes in bird populations around the world. They are also introduced to relevant legislation around the protection of wildlife and discuss both local and global population declines of birds. We then […]

Gr. 12 Aquatic Ecology – Diversity of Living Things (Diversity Matrix)

SBI 4U – Biology Mathematic description of diversity Similar to the grade 9 aquatic ecology. Students collect living things from Golden Pond and quantify abundance. Students are introduced to the concept of biodiversity indices and use the proportional abundance of species to rank how diverse the pond is. We use the Simpsons or Shannon-Wienner Indexes. […]

Gr. 11 Chemistry of our Water

SCH 3U – Chemistry Colorimetric analysis of water quality In this half-day activity, students visit the Grand River, an Artesian well, and Bannister lake where we discuss local case studies of water contamination (Uniroyal in Elmira, Artificial sweeteners in the Grand River, and nutrient pollution in lake Erie). Back at Wrigley’s an unknown sample is […]

Gr. 11 Classification of Living Things (Microscope Study)

SBI 3U/C – Biology Exploration of microscopic flora and fauna. Students will use plankton nets to collect samples of micro-invertebrates from Golden Pond. The samples are brought back to Wrigley corners for examination under microscopes. The students will describe the organisms and create a dichotomous key. Organisms typically caught include cladocera, copepods, amphipodes, stentor, vorticella, […]

Gr. 11 Sustainable Forest Management

SVN 3M/3E – Environmental Science Sustainable Forest Management/Tree Identification: Students work in groups to compare the structure and function of two forest types (Uneven aged deciduous and even aged coniferous). Students complete a variable plot survey assessing the commercial and ecological values of each forest while learning to use common forestry tools (Biltmore sticks, wedge […]

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