Thanks to funding from Quad Cities Bank and Trust, River Action is offering a "Citizen Science Program" for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade classes at no cost.
The program will provide field trips to Credit Island in Davenport, Lost Grove Lake near Eldridge, Hennepin Canal Environmental Park in Milan, and Green Valley Nature Preserve in Moline for students.
The QC Wild Places field trips will give students the opportunity to learn about their environment through hands-on testing, creation of field journals and presentations from special guest educators.
The field trip will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The program will cover transportation to and from the site, water quality testing kits, field journals (while supplies last) and the guest educators to provide instruction.
The outdoor classroom will enable students to learn about environmental processes and ecosystem, biodiversity, and the importance of conserving natural resources.
Water testing kits will allow students to study the quality of water on-site and discuss the impact of human activities on the ecosystem.
QC Wild Places started in 2011 to help local natural areas and their managing organizations market their sites to the public and is dedicated to preserving natural areas around the Quad Cities through service, funding, awareness and education.
There currently are 66 member sites, totaling 133,000 acres, located in eight counties around the Quad City Region, all within an hour’s drive of the Quad Cities.