Stream Days 2004
In 2004 we held two multidisciplinary field days at Hodgson Mill on Bryant
Creek, featuring experiential activities covering water quality, karst,
aquatic habitats and other topics.
Schools attending were: Gainesville 7th grade, with teachers
Mindy Peirce and Larry Lindeman; Willow Springs 8th grade, with teacher
Mary Ann Mutrux; Dora 7th grade, with teachers Linda Blackwell and Crystal
Leroy, and the Dora High School Stream Team, with teacher Sandy Letterman.
Four field professionals facilitated the activities, assisted by Missouri
Master Naturalist volunteer Pat Hight.
Gainesville 7th grade and Dora High School Stream Team students
wrote poems about their experience at the creek.
Stop the pollution
by Bonnie Hogue, Gainesville 7th grade
Dumping chemicals in a creek
Makes the ecosystem quite meek.
Dumping chemicals is mean,
It makes the water slimy green.
Help the poor bugs,
When theyre down on their mugs.
Stop the pollution,
With help we can find a solution.
Water affects us even if were miles away,
So help the critters, start fighting today.
All our lives depend on water,
Lets not give the poor bugs a slaughter.
Getting their feet wet, these students collect
specimens for the water quality monitoring activity.
|Then they pick out the stream invertebrates.
The types and number found determine the quality of the water in the
stream. More on Water Quality
Dora students perform a biomonitoring experiment:
testing for dissolved oxygen.
|There are many types of pollution
by Kameron Carmichael, Dora High School Stream Team
There are many types of pollution
That have no solution
There is point and non-point alike
Streets so dirty you can't ride a bike.
One is point which includes a smokestack
When it is around the water's taste will lack
The other type is non-point also known as runoff
Like all those litterers out there playing golf.
So let me tell you something if you ever see it.
just in case.
Stop to smell the roses because someday there might not be a place
If you ever see it happening just try and do your part
When you get older you will see that it was smart.
|Students with MDC educator Melanie Carden-Jessen
learn about the stream corridor and what lives there.
||Students and Willow Springs teacher Mary Ann Mutrux
keep track of their finds.
Our streams and rivers
by Kandace Necole Newton, Dora High School Stream Team
Our streams and rivers
Give great pleasure,
To amounts that we
Could never measure.
Always keep them clean
And full of pride,
and never drive through
them with your ride.
If you pollute them
Or try to ignore,
There will be nothing
For future generations to adore.
The river sparkles like a
Million shiny dimes,
As though it's touched the hands of time.
There are many creatures that
Thrive in our waters,
Let's help protect them
For our daughters.
From this, all I'm trying to
Let's protect them for future days.
Students see a demonstration of erosion at work in the stream table
model. More on the Stream
Bryant Creek Poem
by Chad Smith, Gainesville 7th grade
We went to the creek
Earlier this week
We saw some creatures
And all their features
We got all wet
Catching bugs in a net
We got dried off
Learning about runoff
We took a test
And tried our best
And the crawdad in the creek
Would snap at our feet.
|The Dora High School Stream
Team served as volunteer aides at each activity station during one
of the field days.
||The Stream Days field professionals from the Missouri
Department of Conservation, left to right: Melanie Carden-Jessen,
Dave Mayers, Mary Palmer, and Bob Schultz.
Stream Days Photo Gallery
Photos for student use in class projects as outlined in the Stream
Days Activities Booklet.
Teacher Information and Downloads
Master Naturalist's Notebook
development of content for Stream Days is 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.