May was a busy month for Kettle Moraine Land Trust school programs! On May 1st Elkhorn Area High School advanced placement science classes came to Beulah Bluff Preserve for the day.
They learned about the geology and geography of the beautiful preserve that overlooks Lake Beulah, took a pontoon boat ride to learn about testing water quality, and helped stack brush cuttings for winter burns.
They learned to identify spring flowers and trees without leaves, and learned about the human impacts on the land.
On May 22nd and 23rd, middle school students from Whitewater visited Bluff Creek State Natural Area for half-day field trip. These students got into the stream for water quality testing which included temperature, dissolved oxygen and macroinvertebrate inventory, learned about the use of fire in managing prairies, and also learned to identify native and non-native plants on the prairie.
Educational programs like these are part of Kettle Moraine Land Trust’s mission to preserve special places. Learning about the importance of habitat for wildlife and the role clean streams play in our water quality helps people understand why they should support a land trust such as KMLT. Partnering with schools is beneficial for all!