Monday, June 19, 2017

Rain Week: Day 1

Photo Courtesy of Jonee Brigham
Rain week has begun! Over 20 campers started their week off preparing for the water journey ahead. Water Journals and cameras were assigned to each student, enabling them to properly document their observations along the way. Teacher Kit Mercer-Taylor guided campers through some water testing with week old rainwater captured in jars outside the Learning and Environmental Sciences Building on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus.

Photo Courtesy of Jonee Brigham
To commence the week long water journey, campers gathered around a storm drain along Buford Avenue to pour water through the grates, not yet knowing where it will flow next. Campers later got creative by crafting a necklace with their initials that will hold a vial of rain water in which they can use to remember their journey.

Campers recited a poem written by Jonee Kulman Brigham that gave them an idea of what to expect in the coming week on their water journey:

Photo Courtesy of Jonee Brigham

Follow the Rain
When the rain falls from the sky
It waters plants and ponds nearby
But on roof and streets, the rain
Runs off and travels down the drain
What happens next? Where does it go?
We’ll follow rain to find it’s flow.

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