Southwestern Middle School students paddled down the Wabash River in rafts to learn about water quality. The floating classroom gave the sixth graders an opportunity to see how their everyday lives can impact the water and environment around them.
The rafts made a couple stops between Tapawingo Park and Fort Ouiatenon. At one stop, they learned about different kinds of fish that call the Wabash home. At another stop, students tested the river's temperature, dissolved oxygen level and pH levels. Students learned how those measurements can help determine the health of the river for plants and fish and how changes can indicate increasing pollution or other environmental factors.
The trip concluded at Fort Ouiatenon with a lesson about the history of the area and the firing of a musket.
The trip was made possible through the Tippecanoe County Partnership for Water Quality. Other partners included Lafayette RENEW, Arconic, SIA, Freckles Graphics and the Wabash River Enhancement Corporation.