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Aquatic Extension Specialists Teach K12 Students What is Found in Our Streams

October 30, 2015
Jay Beugly teaching K12 students what is found in our streams

​Every year, Camp Cullom in Clinton County, IN hosts an Academy of Science, a program for high-aptitude fifth graders from the four schools in the area who have a passion for science. Camp Cullom believes in fueling that passion, as the young people of today will do incredible things in our future. Clinton County Daily News captures the excitement of the 2015 Academy of Science event in their article "This Was the Best Day Of My Life - Camp Cullom Holds Another Academy Of Science".​​

This year's event was packed full of activities. The students did everything from learning about the size of the galaxy, to touring the woodlands and taking samples of a tree, to building and setting off their very own rockets. One exciting part of the event was a tour of Spring Creek, guided by Jay Beugly, aquatics ecology specialist with FNR and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG), and Megan Gunn, research assistant for Dr. Reuben Goforth and technician for the FNR Aquatic Ecology Lab. Students received a hands-on look at some of the creatures living in the river, learning about water pollutants as well as the services that depend on the river.

This isn't the only youth education initiative that took place in the water this fall. In September our aquatic specialists Jay and Megan met with a group of 6th graders from the Faith Christian School as they walked deep in the waters to see what they could find. In October they shared their expertise with high school students in the Wildcat Creek near Kokomo, IN. The honors and AP students had the opportunity to experience the diversity of organisms living in the stream and challenge their mindsets about the water quality of the river, which they found was actually quite good for this ecosystem. To read more about their trip to the Wildcat Creek, check out Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant's blog post "Science students experience Wildcat Creek feet first".

Resources: 
"This Was the Best Day of My Life" Camp Cullom Holds Another Academy Of Science - Clinton County Daily News
Science students experience Wildcat Creek feet first - Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Lakeside Views
Community Stewardship - Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant
A Fish Farmer's Guide to Understanding Water Quality - The Education Store, Purdue Extension Resource Center
Forestry and Water Quality: Pollution Control Practices - The Education Store
Students raft river to learn ‘Wonders of the Wabash' - WLFI.com Video and Article
Wonders on the Wabash Inaugural River Expedition an Experiential Education Success - Tippecanoe County Partnerhsip for Water Quality

Jay Beugly, Aquatics Ecology Specialist
Purdue FNR & Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG)

Megan L. Gunn​, Research Assistant and Aquatic Ecology Lab Technician 
Purdue University Department of Forestry & Natural Resources​

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