Agenda for the day • Welcome and Background Information on WaterVentures • Split Group • Group 1: (Truck) Student experience preview of the vehicle • Group 2: (Media Center) Provide background information for topics covered within the vehicle and review supplementary materials • Review Pre/Post Packet, Trip Tips, and Questions
Welcome Meet our crew and the adventure they are embarking on.
Crystal Springs Foundation Located in South East Pasco County 525 acre nature preserve 1960-early 90’s swim park Over 1,000 people on site Property being loved to death
Crystal Springs Foundation • Thomas Family formed Crystal Springs Foundation • Crystal Springs Preserve was created • No more than 100 students per day • Premier environmental education site in the region • Needed a way to expand
Crystal Springs Foundation Concept Construction Exhibit To expand, we have to reach out WaterVentures Outreach Truck Distance Learning
Split • Inside: • Background information on Florida wetland habitats, geologic history, and other topics covered by the exhibit • At the truck: • Guided exhibit by exhibit getting vocabulary and background specific information to help your students prepare.
5 minute break Question while you wait: What do you think this exhibit is about? Regroup at your designated spot (inside or truck)
Florida Wetlands • A wetland is…. • Wetland habitats vary depending on biotic and abiotic factors • What biotic and abiotic factors would make these wetlands different: • A freshwater wetland • A mangrove wetland
Florida Wetlands • A mangrove wetland • Abiotic: • Salt • Sand • Biotic: • Mangroves (3 kinds) • Barnacles • Estuary animals • Oysters • A freshwater wetland • Abiotic: • Tannins • Silt, clay, other sediment • Karst • Biotic: • Cypress trees • Tape grass • Alligators • Oaks
Florida’s Geologic History Were there dinosaurs in Florida? Sea animals left bones, shells, exoskeletons Compressed over thousands/millions of years, became limestone Clay from mountains washed down Erosion created sand
Aquifer • These layers created the Floridan Aquifer • One of the most productive aquifers in the world • Underlies southern Alabama, south- eastern Georgia, southern South Carolina, and all of Florida; total of about 100,000 miles
Importance of the Aquifer • The layers of the aquifer clean water • Provides water for us: • Water withdrawals for public supply in Florida in 2005 totaled 2,541 Mgal/d. Ground water supplied 2,201 Mgal/d (87 percent) and surface water supplied nearly 340 Mgal/d (13 percent). (http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2008/3080/)
Watershed Any land that water touches on its way to a water body. Everyone and everything is part of a watershed. Where does your school’s watershed drain to?
Water usage • Public supply (52 percent) and agricultural irrigation (31 percent) used the largest volumes of fresh ground water in 2005, followed by commercial-industrial-mining self-supplied (8.5 percent), domestic self-supplied (4 percent), recreational irrigation (4 percent), and power generation (0.5 percent). (http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2008/3080/)
Water Conservation There is no new water The smallest changes can equal large savings
Water Cycle Is more than evaporation, precipitation and condensation. Every living thing on the planet is a potential part of the water cycle. The water cycle cleans and recycles ALL the water on the planet.