October 12th or 13th, 2022

We are thrilled to offer 7th grade students and their teachers a unique, free, guided and hands-on experience of the wetlands at Osage Park. We invite you to join us for a half-day to learn about critical preservation programs.

This free field trip experience is offered to 7th grade students and their teachers and supports the Arkansas Science Standards. * The topics explore interdependent relationships in ecosystems, human impacts and matter and energy in organisms and ecosystems.

*Station 2 is the only station that does not directly correlate to Arkansas Science Standards. This special station was added to highlight some of our favorite homebuilders at Osage Park, our beaver family.

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Stations include:

Students will evaluate water quality using a dip net and identify macroinvertebrates using taxonomic keys. Students will discuss the food web as it applies to macroinvertebrates and water quality components.

Students will construct streams and see how a dam helps control water flow. The constructs allow students to analyze how channelizing or other features of water flow affect erosion.

Students will assess common pollutant levels.

Students can take data back to the classroom for further review and discussion.

Students will analyze common invasive plant species and why they are less ideal than native plants. Students will assess a landscape and complete a removal of the invasive plant species.

Students will analyze the unique behaviors of beavers and how they build environments that allow them to thrive in the ecosystem.

Students will analyze how Osage Park fits into the watersheds in Bentonville and continue to zoom out to Illinois River watershed, Arkansas River watershed, Mississippi River watershed.

If the students have available time they can explore these stations:

  • Water Filtration: Students will examine how water is filtered as it percolates down to the the aquifer on a small scale. This will be completed using water bottles and different materials such as sand, soil, clay, rocks, etc.
  • Terrariums: Students will construct a terrarium using recycled bottles.
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