Field Trips in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin

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The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation offers a series of educational programs, including field trips that take students to sites around the Lake Pontchartrain Basin to learn first hand about environmental issues affecting the Lake. The educational activities give students opportunities to contribute to the restoration efforts in the Basin through service projects and data collection.

Two major programs offered are:

1. WETLAND FIELD TRIPS
To schedule a wetland field trip, call the Coastal Research Laboratory at the University of New Orleans: (504) 280-6718.

2. WATER WATCH
To participate in Water Watch, call the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation’s Education Program: (504) 836-2238. To participate in both of these programs, call early in the school year.

Or, of course, you can always

3. Go It Alone! with:

YOUR OWN WATER QUALITY MONITORING PROGRAM

Although the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation offers high quality field-based experiences such as Water Watch and the Wetland Field Trip Program, you may decide you want to begin your own independent field investigation program. If, after your experiences with Water Watch, you would like to begin a monitoring program of your own, there are many resources to tap. For example, the Izaac Walton League of America’s Save Our Streams Program provides all you will need to begin a biological monitoring program. These monitoring methods using macroinvertebrate sampling techniques, are particularly applicable to the north shore rivers. If you would like to develop your own monitoring program to measure chemical parameters of a water body in the Basin, the Earthforce website (http://www.earthforce.org) contains a section devoted to the Global Rivers Environmental Education Network (GREEN) program. There you will find a wealth of information and resources to help you get started. Other resources may be found in Appendix D.

YOUR OWN FIELD TRIP PROGRAM
If you would like to try your own field trip to a site in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin, planning is the key. Begin by learning more about the field trip opportunities in the area. The best resource is the A Guide to the Wetlands of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin, available from the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.

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