Trip of a Drip

Program Length, Season and Appropriate Grade Levels

  • This program lasts 1-1/2 to 4-1/2 hours, and can be adapted to suit your needs. (This program includes an outdoor walk, but indoor components are available.)
  • The program is offered year–round.
  • Appropriate for Grade Levels 5 – 12.

Program Description and Activities

This program introduces the concept of a watershed and explores the interconnections between human activity, watershed health, and the plant and animal communities in the Rouge River watershed.

Your students will be engaged in a multifaceted program experience that may include:

  • Exploring a brief history of southeast Michigan from: glacial formation, use by Native Americans, advent of industrialization, and current management plans.
  • Viewing multimedia videos including which provide a greater depth of knowledge and understanding of the Rouge River Watershed.
  • Using maps on a guided walk to trace the path of water runoff.
  • Observe and discuss how impervious surfaces impact the ecological quality of the Rouge River.
  • Measuring water velocity at a point along the Rouge River.
  • Calculating the volume of runoff from a parking lot that drains to the Rouge River.

State of Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCEs) and High School Content Expectations (HSCEs) Applicable to this Program

The Environmental Interpretive Center’s educational programs provide environmental information, hands–on experiences, and inquiry challenges for Michigan students in line with Michigan’s Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCEs) and High School Essential Content Standards and Expectations (HSCEs). Teachers can find a link below to content standards, statements, and grade level expectations applicable to the program "Trip of a Drip."