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ArtStream Ava Summer School


Ava Summer School ArtStream: Riparian Zone and Aquatic Plants
50 students, 4th-8th grade, working from their own field studies, created these block prints


June 5-28, 2006
Artist: Jenna Weston
Gina Clinkingbeard, Mary Kay Davidson, Barbara Groover, Donna Sherman

Approximately 50 students and four teachers were involved in this project. Students experienced a macroinvertebrate survey and a riparian zone plant survey in both a stream and a pond. Students traveled to Beaver Creek on June 13, and the following day walked few blocks from Ava Middle School to a local pond. Students were amazed when they found mayflies in the brown pond water on the second day. Students also studied food chains, food webs, polluted run-off and point source pollution. A local artist, Jenna Weston, worked with student drawings of riparian zone plants, expanding them into block prints. After completion of their prints, students combined their work and constructed a paper collage of prints for display in the Middle School hallway.

A short pretest was given to students near the beginning of summer school. Scores ranged from 0 to 80%; with an average score of 36%. Not one student correctly identified their school's watershed. Only 30% recognized the definition of a watershed, while 80% knew the source of a stream is called its headwaters. Thirty-nine percent correctly identified a pipe dumping chlorine as an example of point source pollution.

A post test was given at the end of summer school. Scores ranged from 40% to 100%, with an average of 85% (an increase of 49%). All students correctly identified their school's watershed as the Beaver Creek Watershed. Sixty-one percent recognized the definition of a watershed (an increase of 31%) and 85% knew the source of a stream is called its headwaters (a 5% increase). Forty-two percent correctly identified an example of point source pollution (a 3% increase).



Ava ArtStream Journal

Local artist Jenna Weston worked with the students on their drawings and prints.


The Ava school district includes parts of the following watersheds:
Bryant Creek
Beaver Creek
Little North Fork

Ava schools have contributed student work to the Atlas:
Ava Student Showcase

The development of content for ArtStream has been funded through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region VII, through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, has provided partial funding for this project under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.

This is the Web site of the Bryant Watershed Education Project, based in West Plains, Missouri. Our site is a toolkit for exploring the Bryant Creek, North Fork, Eleven Point and Upper Spring watersheds in the southern Missouri Ozarks.
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