Pond Patch Program

Cost per Scout: $25
Cost per Chaperone: $15
Minimum number of participants: 10
Maximum number of participants: 25

Focus:
To introduce scouts to the variety of freshwater resources found in this area. Scouts spend time in the field exploring and sampling permanent and seasonal ponds. They see and learn about various fish, amphibians, reptiles, insects and plants that depend on freshwater systems for life.

Day I

Orientation – 30 minutes
We take a moment to introduce your group to the staff that will be conducting your program and to review the agenda.

Pond Life Film – 15 minutes
An auditorium presentation gives participants a good basis with which to begin learning about the complex food web existing in freshwater ponds.

Equipment Construction – 1.5 hours
Scouts prepare for their pond exploration by constructing sampling gear that they can keep. They learn to build simple collecting gear as well as how to properly use the devices in the field.

Pond Sampling – 4 hours
Scouts grab their sampling equipment and lunch and depart for an afternoon in the field. Scouts visit two local ponds, where they utilize their sampling equipment and learn about pond ecology. Water samples are collected for observations and tests on Day II.

Day II

Aquarium Tour – 1 hour
Scouts tour the Aquarium. An Aquarium search sheet will be given to each participant.

Clearwater Activities –1.5 hours
Scouts spend the morning in the Clearwater Classroom, learning about water quality by performing tests on a variety of water samples and comparing their results. Samples collected during Day I activities are tested and placed under microscopes for observation.

Behind the Scenes Tour – 45 minutes
Go behind the scenes and learn the tricks of the aquarist’s trade. Learn how fish diets are prepared and fed and how saltwater is obtained and filtered.

Fish Diversity and Gyotaku Craft – 1 Hour
Scouts learn the history behind the ancient Japanese art of fish printing as they create a T-shirt masterpiece. They also learn about fish anatomy and locomotion during this activity.