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What’s in My Water? A Scientific Investigation

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Grade Level: 5th - 9th

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Duration: 2 hours

What was once Waters Creek, a wetland and brackish tributary of the James River, is now Mariners’ Lake, a man-made lake that is part of the 550-acre Mariners’ Park. The Mariners’ Lake watershed is a case study for using history and science to investigate human interactions and coastal change. During this Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) style hands-on program, students will learn about the history of Mariners’ Park and Lake. Working collaboratively indoors and out, they will practice scientific investigation skills to collect water quality data, document and report land cover around  Mariners’ Lake, and compare and contrast water flow over permeable and impermeable land cover.

Learning Objectives

Students will: 

  • Practice scientific investigation skills, including data collection, recording, analysis, communication, and teamwork, 
  • Gain a better understanding of how different land cover can affect water movement through the watershed ecosystem, and 
  • Use physical models as a tool for the study of watersheds and to compare/contrast water flow over permeable and impermeable land cover.

Science (VDOE 2018):

  • Elementary: 5.1; 5.8d
  • Middle: 6.1; 6.6 (d,f); 6.8 (a,b,c,d); 6.9 (a,b,e); LS.1(a,b,c,d,e); LS.8(c); LS.9 (a,b,c)
  • High: ES.1; ES.8


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