This week the NPMs worked on reconstructing the wetlands. We were lucky enough to watch enviroscience reshape two wetlands that were not very practical, due to the steep hill into three wetlands that flow into one another. A berm was developed to intiate the flow of water.
Two jobs were especially important in the maintenance of the reconstructed wetland. One set of NPMs exterminated the invasive narrow-leaved cattails that were invading the wetland. The other group of NPMs picked seeds from specific wetland species, and scattered them across the recosntructed wetland area.
After planting all of the seeds around the new wetland, we received bales of hay and grass seed mix. Once the grass seed was thoroughly distributed, hay was layed down. We look forward to visiting the reconstructed wetlands in the fall to see the progress.
Figure 1: completed wetland
Figure 2: completed wetland
Photos courtesy of James Degroff
Near Peer Mentor Vanessa Consolo and Professor Denny Taylor (Hiram College) will represent the Northeast Ohio GLISTEN (Great Lakes Innovative Stewardship Through Education Network) cluster of schools at the SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) summer institute at Santa Clara University August 2-6. They will present a poster highlighting the Urban Watersheds ISLS 2012 Summer Institute held on West Creek in Parma in June of 2012. The poster is entitled: “Igniting Streams, Igniting Minds: Fostering collaborations to solve local watershed issues through inquiry-based science”. Other universities in the Northeast Ohio GLISTEN cluster include the University of Akron, Case Western Reserve University, Baldwin Wallace College, and Oberlin College.
SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) is a program funded by the National Science Foundation which applies the science of learning to courses that engage students in active hands on experiences tied to the communities in which they learn. SENCER courses and programs strengthen student learning and interest in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics by connecting course topics to issues of critical local, national, and global importance.
The ISLS program took a new direction expanding its reach in urban watersheds through a new eight day non-residential institute held on West Creek in Parma in June 2012. The non-residential institute like its residential predecesor, serves to engage high school participants (students and teachers) in hands-on inquiry-based science. The purpose of the institute was to engage students and teachers in learning about their own relationship to their own urban watersheds (West Creek and Big Creek).
The UWISLS program is funded by Hiram College, Kent State University, University of Akron, Case Western Reserve University, the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, The Gund Foundation via The Alliance for Water Future, The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Cleveland Metroparks, the Cleveland Zoological Society and CLEAN (Collaborative Learning through Environmental Action Network. High school students and teachers from Parma, Valley Forge, Brooklyn, Rhodes, and John Marshall high schools are participating throughout the 2012-13 academic year.