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    The Juniata Clean Water Partnership (JCWP) has been assisting community groups, organizations, and area schools in implementing watershed conservation projects, activities, and environmental education throughout the region for years.  The JCWP is a non-profit coalition of conservation groups, county planners, conservation districts, watershed associations, and citizens.  JCWP can help area teachers meet the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Environment and Ecology by providing environmental education programs or field trips.

    Educational programs include a variety of hands on activities, experiments, and live animals.  Most of the activities are designed for one classroom at a time, but most can be adapted to larger audiences.  All programs can be adjusted to meet the needs and interests of the group.  Each lesson's objective addresses one or more of the Pennsylvania Standards for Environment and Ecology.  All the educational programs are free of charge to any school, home school, library, civic or youth group based in the Juniata Watershed.   JCWP staff will travel to meet your group anywhere within the basin (Huntingdon, Blair, Bedford, Fulton, Mifflin, Juniata, and Perry Counties). 

    The activities can include Live Macroinvertebrates, EnviroScape, Abandoned Mine Drainage (AMD) Field Trip, Watershed Presentation, Wetland Field Trip, Invasive Species Presentation, or any other requested related subject or field trip.  The educational programs would demonstrate (depending on the specific program) the water cycle, dynamics of watersheds, physical factors, characteristics and functions of wetlands, and impacts of watersheds and wetlands.  The students will be able to become active participants and problem solvers with real environmental issues affecting them, their homes, and their communities.  They will become aware of how they affect their own drinking water and their own environmental surroundings.

    For more information, contact the JCWP office at  814-506-1190 or by e-mail at jcwp@jcwp.org.

Examples of Activity Lesson Plans 

The activity will consist of using the EnviroScape Model to demonstrate the role of the local watershed, how real world actions affect the health of the environment, how watersheds and wetlands impact humans, and how water quality affects aquatic animals and the environment. Students will learn to identify pollutions, discuss ways to reduce or eliminate pollutions, and identify what a watershed is and consists of.  The affects of pollution will be demonstration on the model.

Live Macroinvertebrates
The students will identify various types of water environments, explain the difference between lotic and lentic water systems, identify Macroinvertebrates, identify the affects of water quality on the life of organisms, explain bio diversity, and to describe how human actions can affect the health of the local environment. Depending on the setting, JCWP will either bring live macros into the class room or assist the students collecting live macros from a stream or river on a fieldtrip. 

AMD Field Trip
The students will visit an Acid Mine Drainage reclamation site to see the process of treating the contaminated water and the impacts of both the untreated and treated water on the environment.  Other agencies might be invited to help teach the treatment process.

Wetland Field Trip
Students will learn about wetlands soils, water, plants and animals in a variety of activities and games.  They will learn the defining characteristics of a wetland and watershed, why wetlands are important to protect, and how to identify wetlands in their home communities.  This is a hands-on field trip.