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St. Clare Walker Partners with Friends of the Rappahannock

St. Clare Walker Middle School students use a seine net in the York River.  

St. Clare Walker Middle School has formed an educational partnership with Friends of the Rappahannock. With this partnership, sixth-grade students are gaining valuable knowledge about factors that are endangering the water quality of the Rappahannock River, Chesapeake Bay, and other nearby waterways. They are learning the importance of protecting our watersheds. In addition, they are learning what they can do to be a part of the solution.

In September, students traveled to the Urbanna Town Marina to do water quality testing. In October, they journeyed to the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Gloucester where they learned about watersheds and wetlands, identified animals that live in the York River using a dichotomous key, and participated in seining in the York River. In this last activity, they were able to learn about the animals they caught. The animals were then released back into the river.  

In November, the students helped plant rain gardens at St. Clare Walker that will prevent runoff and improve other drainage issues.

“Through this partnership with Friends of the Rappahannock, students are gaining meaningful real-world experiences making them better stewards of our environment,” said a program spokesperson.

posted 12.06.2017

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