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STEM Safari on the Fox

Visit us for a morning of outdoor, Earth Day focused fun! At 9:00 am, the Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance will discuss watersheds, and then students will break out into two sessions of their choice to learn more about the importance of local rivers. The program will wrap up at noon so you’ll have plenty of time to spend the rest of the day in the sunshine celebrating what the planet has to offer. While your students are attending, feel free to join them, or attend the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Free School event happening in Sage from 8 am – 8 pm. Adults are welcome to come and participate in a variety of workshops focused on sustainability. Visit the Free School website for additional details.

The STEM Safari on the Fox for 4th – 8th grade students was held from 9 am -12 pm on Saturday, April 23, 2016.

This event was held on campus in Sage Hall and the ERIC Lab. Students met in room 1232 in Sage Hall for the morning presentation by the Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance, then divided into groups to participate in activities based at the ERIC lab and UW Oshkosh Biodigester.

Images of the event can be seen here.


 Session Choices

Students attended a watershed presentation at 9:00 am, and then choose  two sessions below to attend for the rest of the morning.

Session Title Description
Stream Building Splash around in a rain gutter stream that you help build. Experiment with what causes water to flow fast or slow, as well as what elements of a stream affect water quality.
Shore It Up  Put on some gloves and help restore the shoreline on campus. Assist members of the ERIC lab as they plant native species to enhance the river and teach you about biological connections.
Revitalize your Rubbish Tour the campus biodigester and learn about how sustainable energy methods, such as bioprocessing waste, are making a big difference in our environment. Plus, you’ll get to bag up a free sample of Titan Gold compost that is produced right here on campus!
Making Fresher Water Is bottled water from a mountain stream really better than one in your own backyard? Help collect and purify river water through chemical and physical processes while determining whether or not bottle water is worth the investment.