An International Network of Teachers, Students, and Citizen Monitors Investigating Their Local Stream Ecosystems
The Leaf Pack Experiment involves creating an artificial leaf pack (dry leaves in a mesh bag), placing it in the stream for three to four weeks, examining the packs in the classroom and discovering the different types of insects that colonized the leaves. These insects are indicators of stream health.
After conducting their leaf pack experiment, schools and groups can share their data through the Leaf Pack Network®.
Through the Leaf Pack Experiment, students conduct their own experiments, investigate food webs, learn classification skills and use technology to share their data with a network of schools across the region. The Leaf Pack Experiment kit was developed by the Stroud Water Research Center and the LaMotte Company.