Get Dirty! Ambassadors from Centreville, VA
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Get Dirty! Ambassador Expedition from Centreville Elementary School

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Get Dirty! Ambassadors from Centreville Elementary School in Centreville, VA

Get Dirty! Ambassadors from Centreville, VA
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Five elementary school students, Ryan, Addison, Lydia, Claire, Jamie, and STEAM/Outdoor Education Specialist MaryAnn Settlemyre were selected by NEEF as the second cohort of Nickelodeon Get Dirty! Ambassadors. The team’s expedition proposal involved studying stream ecology.

Get Dirty! Ambassadors from Centreville, VA performing their expedition
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Expedition

The CES stream ecology project involved several classes of students raising brook trout in classroom aquaria over the winter months then releasing them into a designated stream in the spring. The eggs were provided by Trout in the Classroom, a nationwide program that serves over 5,000 classrooms in 40 states annually. Students learned about indicators of stream health in advance of their going into the field. Water quality and a diversity of macroinvertebrates would be key to the released fish’s survival. The Get Dirty! Ambassadors each led small groups of students through a series of field-based learning stations to collect data and specimens to study before releasing the trout fingerlings on four separate expeditions. Data collected during the project will be shared with the cold water fisheries conservation group Trout Unlimited.

Get Dirty! Ambassadors from Centreville, VA performing their expedition
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