Splash Returns for a Third Season

Today concluded the first week of Springfield Public Schools’ June Splash! program. (A second session of Splash! will begin in July.) Students in this innovative summer program explore the connections between nature and their drinking water. Classroom activities are supplemented with three field trips to the Watershed Center. During the first week of field trips, over 350 second and third students participated in a variety of hands-on activities. Students created journey sticks while exploring the park during a guided hike and learned about the connection between healthy land and healthy water. Students used a stream table model to learn firsthand about erosion and threats to our Ozarks streams. Students also got their hands wet, touching and exploring the diverse life that lives in our lakes and ponds.

In their upcoming visits to the Watershed Center, classes will have a chance to wade in the water while they explore an Ozarks stream. During their final visit to the park, students were thrilled to learn they get to fish in the lake. For many students this will be their first time to have every been fishing – which is a treat for all of us! The Watershed Committee staff is delighted to be partners with Springfield Public Schools in offering this unique program.

Jeff Birchler, Watershed Center Coordinator