Third and Fourth Conservation

Overall the third and fourth grade students had a blast learning about rivers and fish!

Students creating a river environment.

By Jessica Paul

April 27, the third and fourth grade classes traveled to Baker to discuss rivers and fish. Kalyn Bohle and Sarafina Claeyes taught the students the importance of stabilizing the ground around rivers to help decrease erosion. They used ground plastic to make riverbeds, then used toy houses, garland, rocks, and PVC pipe to create a landscape next to the river. Sarafina and Kalyn then used water to show students how the water erodes away the land around the rivers.

Next, Michelle Gorder discussed with the students different ways to help stabilize the ground. Planting grasses around the river can help keep the water from eroding away the land, but it also helps to keep pollutants out of the water. Pollutants can be fertilizer and chemicals running off farmlands close to the stream.

Next on the agenda, fish biologist, Matt Rugg, showed the students several different kinds of fish. They were able to look at a few walleyes, a buffalo fish, a gold eye, a channel catfish, a shovelnose sturgeon, a ling cod, a sauger, and a paddlefish. Matt told the kids he would give a dollar to anyone who could hold the ling up without it touching the ground. This is very hard to do because the Ling fish is long and very heavy. He also showed the kids how some of the small fish can fit in the bigger fish mouths and there was a bucket full of fish for the kids to look at and feel. Overall the third and fourth grade students had a blast learning about rivers and fish!