Last week, I took my Cedar Key Environmental Science students on a field trip to measure the water quality of the Waccasassa River.
A year ago, I wrote (and won!) a SPLASH grant from the SouthWest Florida Water Management District ... aka "SWFWMD".
This 1300.00 grant funded the purchase of water quality testing equipment as well as paying for substitute teachers, bus drivers, and other assorted field trip costs.
THANK YOU SWFWMD!
None of this would have happened without the SPLASH grant program.
Our individual classroom budget this year was $75.
So, you see the challenge for teachers and their kids...
This post is about the field trip though, so let's put education funding aside for a minute.
("Wrath of Khan ... Chekov's ear ... you feel me?)
|A katydid nymph showed up and felt so at home on this young lady's finger that she left her a little gift.|
|A female grass shrimp with her precious load of eggs attached beneath her abdomen. |
I love these little shrimps ... this one went right back in the water to continue her important mission.
|These are apple snail eggs.|
We brought home 3 apple snails and placed them in an aquaculture tank and two days later we had eggs on the side of the tank, so we are raising apple snails now in our Cedar Key School AquaLab.