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Field Investigations

New to the 2013 edition of Aquatic WILD is a greater emphasis on Field Investigations evidence-based studies that bring the scientific process out of the laboratory and into the natural world.

By asking questions and observing wildlife, habitat, and ecological systems around them, students are able to learn how the scientific process works while gaining firsthand experience of the natural world.


Our eight field investigation activities are:

Edge of Home

Gone Fishing!*

Got Water?*

Puddle Wonders!*

Water Canaries

Water Safari*


Where Does Water Run?*


These activities are designed to mirror the scientific process used by professional scientists every day.  During the investigation, students observe and ask questions about their local environment, collect and analyze data, and draw conclusions based on the evidence they have collected. In this process of forming and researching inquiries, students learn important skills in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) in lessons that are in accordance with national standards.

Five of the activities above (the ones with asterisks) are expanded field investigation activities, including more in-depth guidelines for involving students in developing investigative questions, procedures, data collection, and analysis.


For more information, refer to page xiv of Aquatic WILD: K-12 Curriculum & Activity Guide.






Sample Activity photo credit: Gary Peeples, USFWS
Photo credit: Gary Peeples, USFWS Careers, photo credit: Greg Thompson, USFWS
Photo Credit: Toni Castro, EPA photo credit: Galveston Bay Foundation  
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