Colorado Front Range GK-12 : connecting kids & ecology


Water Quality Research at Loch Vale

Students in the AP Environmental Science class at Rocky Mountain High School are learning about the effect of nitrogen deposition on the water quality of Loch Vale. The Loch, which is located in Rocky Mountain National Park, receives a constant input of nitrogen particulate matter from anthropogenic sources on the Front Range. RMHS students are discovering how nitrogen inputs to this ecosystem have an unexpected
changes in soil and water chemistry.

Stream Ecology on the Poudre River

It seems that elementary school students love to look at bugs. GK-12 students from Fort Collins and Greeley have taken a number of trips to the Cache la Poudre River to collect benthic macroinvertebrates, measure stream water chemistry, and look at the natural changs that occur as streams flow from the mountains to the plains. Stream ecology can provide a context within which to teach Colorado State Science Standard 3, which requires that students understand the characteristics of living things and how they interact with one another and with their environment.


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This project material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DGE0086443. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


Principal Invesitigator for the Colorado Front Range GK12 is John Moore and Co-PI's are Dave Swift, Bill Hoyt, Carol Seemueller, and Ray Tschillard. For more information contact Kim Melville-Smith.

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