The fourth grade students at Carson Montessori took the classroom outside Friday to learn about the importance of water quality as a part of Snapshot Day.
Eleven different sites were set up along the Carson River for students to collect data from along the river to provide a snapshot of the environmental conditions. The fourth-graders from Carson Montessori met at Carson River Park to test samples from the river, learn about different plants in the area and the importance of floodplains in a community.
“It is good to get them outside and having that hands on learning because it makes the lesson stick better rather than have it in class talking about water quality and careers,” said Jon Paul Kiel, environmental scientist with the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection.
Kiel along with several other environmental specialists set up five stations for the children around the park to learn about the different water quality issues, water quality protection and even participate in watershed research.