Watersheds Box

This box covers watersheds, wetlands, and the shaping of the San Francisco Bay Area. Students will create several 3 dimensional classroom models to explore watersheds, erosion, sedimentation, and wetlands.Students will explore the geography of the local area through maps and physical exploration, thereby learning where water in the Bay comes from and the path it takes before it reaches the ocean. Throughout the unit are strategies to apply classroom learning to the real world in the form of:

  • case studies - learning about the science behind the recent Hurricane Katrina disaster
  • projects - studying erosion at a local creek and staging a town hall meeting about California's levee system
  • field trips - to the San Francisco Bay model and a canoe/restoration trip with Save the Bay