On-The-Water Stream Science and Natural History Workshop
When: Monday, August 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Octoraro Reservoir (Southern Lancaster County). Meet at Jim’s Live Bait & Tackle, 212 Spruce Grove Rd., Kirkwood, PA 17536 off route 472
Cost: $10 per person. Trip will be limited to 16 teachers.
Optional: 4 hours of Act 48 professional development credits are available to Pennsylvania certified teachers for this event through Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU). To receive Act 48 credits please bring your PPID number to event. You’ll then be contacted by CCIU to go to their website to complete a short evaluation and submit your $35 Act 48 processing fee.
Experience the splendor and natural history of a relatively unknown jewel in Lancaster County with Stroud Water Research Center and Sultana Education Foundation while canoeing the 620-acre Octoraro reservoir. From beautiful cliffs to waterfowl, you’ll experience the quiet and stillness of the lake and enjoy the following:
- Mapping experience
- Water chemistry testing
- Paddling introduction and demonstration
- Paddling to explore Octoraro Reservoir and learn about the history of Octoraro, Susquehanna, and Chesapeake watersheds from guides
- Shore stop to pull seine nets to sample marine life
Bring your own lunch to this event. Dress for the time on and possibly in the water and bring footwear that will get wet.
For a small taste of what this reservoir has to offer, check out a short video on Lancaster Online.
This event is part 2 of a two-part professional development series that extends and applies learning from the August 8 educator stream ecology workshop at Stroud Water Research Center called Putting the “S” in STEM – Bioassessments and Water Chemistry to Determine Stream Health. Participants may attend one or both parts of this workshop series.