Classroom Presentations

Bring the Ohio River to Your Classroom!

Classroom programs are offered November 1st through March 31st.

Programs and costs are listed below; significant discounts may be available for qualifying schools or organizations.

Programs are offered from November 1 – April 1, and from June 1 – August 15 depending on staff availability.

Contact Heather Mayfield at 513‐231‐7719 for more information! 

The Dirt on Water Pollution

This multi‐faceted program will teach children about sediment (dirt!), which is one of the most common pollutants in rivers, lakes, and streams in and beyond Cincinnati. The program will begin with an interactive warm‐up activity where students become dirt, plants, and water droplets to learn how vegetation helps to protect water quality. Students will then learn how to measure turbidity (suspended particles) in water samples from the Ohio River using turbidity tubes and a real turbidimeter. Finally, students will discuss the effects of sediment on wildlife in Ohio waterways while meeting preserved specimens Ohio River fish that have unique adaptations for living in murky waters.

Length: 50 minutes

Setup: Large space for warm-up activity

Limit: 30 participants.

Cost: $90/session, $30 each additional session (discounts may be available)

Go Fish!

Did you know that the Ohio River is home to over 130 different species of fish? Many species of fish can tell us a lot about the Ohio River and its water quality conditions. This activity allows students to learn about fish anatomy by working with preserved fish specimens collected from the Ohio River. Students will learn how certain characteristics allow some Ohio River fish to adapt to changing conditions in the Ohio River. Finally, they will learn how scientists who monitor the Ohio River collect and analyze fish to determine water quality!

Length: 50 minutes

Setup: Classroom space is sufficient.

Limit: 30 participants.

Cost: $90/session, $30 each additional session (discounts may be available)

Critter Counting!

Learn about the wonderful world of macroinvertebrates-little critters that can tell us a lot about the health of our rivers, lakes, and streams. First, students will learn what macroinvertebrates are and how some can tolerate high levels of pollution in the water, while others need very pure water to survive. They will then get a look at equipment that is used to collect these remarkable critters and will identify some live and preserved specimens. Finally, students will calculate a Stream Quality Index to determine what the critters indicate about the health of the Ohio River.

Length: 50 minutes

Setup: Classroom space with a long table is sufficient

Limit: 30 participants.

Cost: $125 (discounts may be available), $30 for each additional session

What’s the Point?

When you think of water pollution, is a factory pipe spewing funky gunk the first thing that comes to mind? Through an interactive EnviroScape® model, students will learn about “point” and “non-point” sources of pollution that affect our waterways, and how our activities on land have a huge impact on the water quality of our rivers, lakes and streams. Students are always surprised to learn where most pollution in a watershed comes from. Students will also learn about the simple things they can do to keep our waterways healthy!

Length: 50 minutes

Setup: A medium to large-sized table to accommodate the EnviroScape® model

Limit: 30 participants.

Cost: $90/session, $30 each additional session (discounts may be available)