Monday, November 30, 2009

Nature of the Night

Thanks to Sarah, Erin and TJ for helping out with Nature of the Night.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Blogging in the Classroom

White Swan science teacher Tyler Rice has students sharing their classroom experiences, including WATERS related activities, with the world! See his reasons for digital reflections in a public forum and provide his students with feedback by giving them comments at:

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Monday, November 2, 2009

White Swan Chemistry investigates water quality in the Yakima Watershed

Tyler Rice's chemistry class started their field trip at Toppenish Creek near campus then followed it to Granger, stopping near Mud Lake. The class then sampled the Yakima River both downstream of Toppenish Creek at the Satus wildlife area and upstream at Granger Park. They followed the Yakima River upstream to Zillah for a final stop and discussion about human impacts on the Yakima River. At all five sites student teams recorded dissolved oxygen, conductivity, turbidity, pH, temperature and flow rate. Samples were also taken back to class for further analysis of nitrate, ammonium, and calcium ions.


Saturday, October 24, 2009

Davis Field Trip

Photos aren't allowed inside the Chimpanze Human Communication Institute, but Chris demonstrates how to use body language to show the chimps that we are not threatening.

Davis High School visits CWU

Shawn and Kori explored the wild worlds of herpetology and entomology.

Davis High School visits CWU

Welcome to the Jungle! Jonathan and Jen reveal the secrets of the CWU greenhouse.

Davis High School Visits CWU

Brittany and TJ let the students explore chemistry with fun activities like "Breathing balloons", "Acrobatic raisins" and "Cartesian divers".

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Mt. Stuart Elementary Manastash Ridge Hike

On Friday, October 9th, the 5th grade class of Mount Stuart Elementary and a team of parents and teachers hiked up Manastash Ridge. The goal: epic views of Kittitas Valley - also known as the upper Yakima Watershed.

The students reached the summit, triumphant.

Despite cloud cover, we had a great view of Kittitas Valley

Students listened patiently and passed around rocks from the ridge as we discussed flood basalt lavas, vesicles, and agate formation.

Students pondered the forces that shaped Kittitas Valley, and sketched the Yakima River and surrounding landscape.

Special Thanks to all of the Teachers, parents, and the Central Washington University Yakima WATERS program for making this fun trip possible!

For more information on this hike, visit the Washington Trails Association Web page:
Manastash Ridge Hike link: