Pacific Grove Museum 2021
Pacific Grove, California
This grant will supply water quality measurement equipment to allow the Museum to expand its Watershed Guardians program digitally to additional schools. The water quality probes will allow us to build and strengthen the Watershed Guardians data set. We plan to collect regular water quality data at a subset of our field sites that can be used in virtual field trip programs. We will continue to use the probes during regular, in-person field trips to support student data collected by using water analysis kits. Working with students to explore data they collected in the field, as well as data collected by local monitoring organizations, and previous students in the program is an important way to extend student learning. The grant will build on the success of the Watershed Guardians program that has put the 2019 YLACES grant equipment to good use and will have a significant impact on student’s understanding of the process of science, how our local ecosystems work, and the impact humans have on our environment.