This program introduces intermediate students to the various relationships between organisms and their habitat. Students will examine various relationships within natural communities and investigate the interactions between biotic and abiotic factors found there. The role of producers, consumers and decomposers within food chains and webs will also be examined.
Environmental Organization Conference: There are many environmental organizations in Newfoundland and Labrador helping to protect our environment. Students will interview local environmental groups and present a short commercial. The class will set up an environmental organization conference to highlight what is being done in the province.
Food Web Game: This is a class activity that should be done following a discussion on food webs. Students act out a food web demonstrating how everything is linked together.
Who Killed Fred the Fish?
In this CSI scenario program, abiotic factors that influence the health of life within our freshwater world will be analyzed by our Grade 8 environmental detectives. Hands-on, station-based investigations of non-living factors such as Dissolved Oxygen, Phosphates and Turbidity, as well as an up-close encounter with biological indicators provide clues in solving the mystery around the demise of ‘Fred the fish.’ Students will be introduced to the diversity of animal life within our freshwater environment, review the concept of the water cycle and the role of our freshwater systems within this.
Algal Bloom Experiments: Algal blooms can negatively impact the plants and animals in our watersheds. In this activity students will investigate the abiotic and biotic factors that lead to harmful algal blooms.
Reproductive Systems of Aquatic Organisms
Reproductive Systems of Aquatic Organisms, as the title implies, examines reproduction in various freshwater organisms found in and around the Fluvarium. In the classroom, complete and incomplete metamorphosis are compared and contrasted when the lifecycle of the dragonfly and caddisfly are considered. At the Fluvarium level, the reproductive habits of the brown trout are examined, where students are able to view ‘up close’ female trout digging their ‘reds.’ Outside, reproduction in plants is examined, when students investigate the types of asexual reproduction in various plants found around our center.
Level One – Level Three
For Science 3205 students – “Focus on Freshwater”. This program reviews the structure of water, defines watersheds, examines various wetlands, and provides an understanding the importance of the riparian zone- using the new interactive exhibits within the Fluvarium. Outside, students undertake a Water Quality Analysis of Nagles Hill Brook, and determine the physical, chemical and biological parameters that affect ambient water.