The goal is to protect Iden Run from continued erosion due to foot traffic by constructing three access areas for students and educators. Iden Run flows within the greater watershed of the Chesapeake Bay. Loss of sediment has a huge impact on water quality for people and many other species.
Students have been active in selecting the project. They developed a community map of the Education Center, identifying two areas that need improvement: 1. preventing erosion at three access points to Iden Run, and 2. removal of invasive species in a forested area. Students were presented with two questions: 1. What best practices can be implemented to (a) prevent stream bank erosion along Iden Run that will protect the watershed, and (b) control invasive species that will enhance habitat for wildlife? 2. Which area of improvement will be the focus for the Roots & Shoots project? Students brainstormed answers to the questions and through discussion decided to focus on preventing erosion by constructing three stream access areas for students and educators. This project is a guided investigation. We recognize that giving students ownership of projects gives them empowerment, and we will be certain to guide the process in that direction.