Stream Discovery participants look for macroinvertebrates in China Creek behind Lewis and Clark Community College’s Godfrey campus.
GODFREY — The Captain Planet Foundation, an international environmental education foundation for youth based on the “Captain Planet and the Planeteers” cartoon, recently awarded an educational grant of $2,500 to Lewis and Clark Community College, which will use these funds toward expanding its Stream Discovery program.
“We are thrilled to present this award to Lewis and Clark Community College,” said Leesa Carter, the foundation’s executive director. “We receive hundreds of submissions each year and have to be very selective to whom we award funding. This is one of the few projects from across the country that we chose to fund. We wish Lewis and Clark Community College great success as they work to implement this important project. It is our hope that our combined efforts will educate, empower, involve and invest today’s youth to cultivate a better tomorrow.”
Stream Discovery is a program of the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center that provides students with the opportunity to assess water quality in their communities by monitoring local streams. Monitoring activities include stream bank and substrate composition observations, pH and temperature monitoring, and macroinvertebrate composition surveys of small streams.
Once the class has conducted its surveys and recorded its data, the Stream Discovery students return to the classroom and upload their findings to National Geographic’s FieldScope online database, where they can further investigate, map and graph data.
“We very much appreciate the Captain Planet Foundation funding our Stream Discovery program this year,” LCCC Stream Discovery Coordinator Matt Young said. “These funds will allow us to purchase additional stream monitoring supplies and continue to expand this program to schools throughout the state.”
Educators from across Illinois can join the Stream Discovery program by attending a training workshop. Contact Young at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.