The Kettle Moraine Land Trust received a grant recently from the Whitewater Community Foundation to support a one-
of-a-kind learning experience for Whitewater middle school students. The Kettle Moraine Land Trust is a non-profit conservation organization working to protect lands and provide environmental education programs throughout Walworth County. Every May for the past 4 years, students have been eagerly stepping into the cold water coursing through Bluff
Creek Fen south of Whitewater to learn about the underwater organisms that live in the creek and what they need to survive.
Getting students in touch with nature takes coordination between the Trust, volunteers, the school staff and the Wisconsin DNR. Learning by doing is very effective and results in long lasting impressions for the students. Determining how much oxygen is in the water, what types of wildlife rely on the creek and how the actions of people can help or hinder our natural resources are important learning outcomes for the school and the Trust. The field day also fostered an understanding of global environmental challenges, and gave the students a meaningful way to make a positive difference by acting locally.
More photos are available on the website in the news article, “Whitewater Middle School Field Days.”