Project: Conservation Management -

Teacher: Jason Helmus
School: Westview Middle School
Location: Longmont, Colorado USA
Start Date: 09/10/2012
End Date: 05/17/2013
Project Plan
Unique Requests of
Participating Mentors:

Welcome Video from Jason Helmus: The students will be working on a project at the Westview Middle Schools wetlands in Longmont, Colorado to improve water quality and wildlife habitat. We are looking for mentors who can help students with scientific inquiry, provide additional Web resources, and challenge each student to produce quality work. This will be an incredible project for students and mentors.


This project moved from the wetlands area at the school to Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch. The student and mentor will work together under the teacher's supervision to improve the wetlands area on Westview's campus with the intent of presenting results to the City of Longmont with suggestions to improve other areas along the city's greenway. This project will take place at Westview Middle School in Longmont, Colorado. Students will be incorporating all curriculum into this project. Live video feed will allow students to see what is visiting, feeding, or nesting in the wetlands at all hours. Notes from DOW (??): Meet with Jason at site during school day 1. Students making contact with other stake holders 2.Understand questions stake holders have: incorporate those questions into the project 3. Look at successful wetlands restoration projects in Utah, Colorado, and Rocky Mountain region 4. Research WIFI, making all contacts to professionals 5. Research native plants 6. Research water quality 7. Website development: Whose is on our list to get this info 8. Start project: 1. Google Earth-Fly them to the project spot 2. Share knowledge of limited wetland areas in the area and their importance 3. Student questions


Colorado State Standard 2. Life Science Benchmark 1: Changes in environment conditions can affect the survival of individual organisms, populations, and entire species. Benchmark 2: Organisms interact with each other and their environment in various ways that create a flow of energy and cycling of matter in an ecosystem. Colorado State Standard 3: Earth Science Benchmark 1: Complex interrelationships exist between Earth's structure and natural processes that over time are both constructive and destructive Benchmark 2: Water on Earth is distributed and circulated through oceans glaciers, rivers, ground water, and the atmosphere



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Student Outcomes:

Student will maintain a notebook with all their gathered information. All students will be involved with the wetlands improvement in some form. Students will understand the importance of protecting/restoring wetland habitats and why they are needed. Students will also develop and maintain a website to keep community members, stake holders, and other interested parties informed of the conditions and progress in the wetlands restoration and maintenance.

Evaluation of
Student Outcomes:

Students will write a final letter to the mentor which will include a self- evaluation of the project, including what the student did well, what he would like to have done to improve upon the project, and what the mentor contributed to the project.

Teacher Role:

Teacher's Role: Teacher will aid student in identifying research areas of interest. Teacher will create guidelines for students to follow during the wetlands project. Teacher will evaluate student products.

Mentor Role:

Mentor's Role: Mentor will aid students in mastering and applying scientific inquiry during the course of developing a project for the wetlands restoration and maintenance.