This outdoor living classroom provides a wealth of learning opportunities for our next generation of conservation stewards. Through classroom field work, students collect and report data as active citizen scientists regarding milkweed habitat for monarch butterflies through the University of Minnesota’s monarch larval monitoring project. Additionally, summer interns, as citizen scientists, perform habitat and biological surveys including the collection and identification of small stream organisms called macro-invertebrates which are indicators of water quality. These are reported to RiverWatch, a collaborative river monitoring network in Illinois. Currently, it is not easy to access Flint Creek to perform this stream monitoring.
This project is all about STUDENTS and WATER. These are both two VERY VALUABLE resources in our community. By providing easier access to the stream and having students be active participants in analyzing water quality, our hope is that this will ultimately make a difference in our future!
What will this project accomplish?
The money raised from this project will provide funding for stabilizing and creating better access to Flint Creek at Pederson Preserve through regrading, purchase and installation of native plantings, and creation of a stream access area.
Additionally, BACT is working in collaboration with Flint Creek Spring Creek Watersheds Partnership and Citizens for Conservation to create a native plant buffer zone in this area which will serve as a demonstration area for students and area residents.
Help us reach our goal of $7,500 and we will receive a 20% match ($1,500)!
Our students and future health of our waterways will thank you!
Please donate to help create the Shoreline Flint Creek Student Access Area. It is as easy as clicking on the “DONATE” link above.
Future plans for the preserve include creation of a walking path, interpretive visitor panel and other natural areas with funding from other sources as we develop this wonderful outdoor living classroom.
As proof of completion, photographs and a final report will be provided to donors 6 months after the project is funded, no later than December 01, 2019.