Fond du Lac eighth-graders present at river summit
On Feb. 26, Fond du Lac Ojibwe School eighth-grade students traveled to the University of Wisconsin-Superior to participate in the 2014 St. Louis River Estuary Summit where they joined people in the science community to listen to topics relating to the St. Louis River.
Not only did students listen to talks about the estuary, they presented and shared a poster on the water quality monitoring that they had been conducting at Otter Creek since September 2013.
Students were asked many questions relating to their work done at Otter Creek and what their data tells us about the creek.
“I met a lot of cool people including someone that works with National Geographic,” said eighth-grader Eddie Defoe. “I gave a short speech about our class and had a really good time. I learned a lot while there.”
Teacher Anna Clark and students have worked with the Fond du Lac Environmental Education Outreach Coordinator Shannon Judd, Fond du Lac Watershed Specialist Kari Hedin, and Deanna Erickson, Education Coordinator for the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, throughout the year monitoring Otter Creek.
Students are also participating in other learning opportunities as part of the Rivers2Lake Program funded by NOAA’s Bay Watershed Education Training Program. This program uses the Lake Superior Watershed and the St. Louis River as a base for hands-on, outdoor education and student learning.