Science classes gets hands dirty to monitor creeks
Fairfield High student Samantha Young, right, and Environmental Science teacher Jill Bolduc, left, search for macroinvertebrates during a scientific investigation involving Fairfield High students and the Solano Resource Conservation District Friday at a creek near Hillridge Drive in Fairfield. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)
FAIRFIELD — It's one thing to be lectured to about environmental sciences. It's another to throw on galoshes and trudge through a creek.
"It's a field trip, to an actual field," declared Jill Bolduc, Fairfield High's environmental science teacher. "It's a true lab class. We're able to step it up a notch."
Bolduc's class of seniors and juniors spent Friday in Union Avenue Creek, collecting physical, chemical and biological samples of the organisms in and around the waterway. There were also lessons about how the plants, dirt and rocks of the creek affect the water quality.
They were part of the Biomonitoring Program with the Solano County Resource Conservation District, which held several of these trips locally this month. Volunteers from the district broke the students into three groups . . . Continue Reading