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Bog Science

This activity requires students to tour, collect data and analyze a pristine bog community. Students become aware of the unique chemical, hydrologic, and vegetative aspects of a specialized wetland known as a bog and the formation of this community and finally assist in the preservation of this ecosystem. This is a full immersion off site activity. (Clothes used in this activity are usually ruined, and people will get wet at least to their knees.) A bog is a wetland which is limited by nutrients, which causes a vegetative plant mat to grow out from the shore along the surface of the water. Students begin the lesson with an overview of wetland types and benefits. An appreciation and even love of this ecosystem has grown out of the wet, sometimes muddy, and often smelly encounter.

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