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Top 10 Tips for Wetlands

1.  Research the types of wetlands and identify any that may be near you.

  • Tidal and non-tidal marshes
  • Shrub or forested swamps
  • Bogs
  • Fens

2.  If you have a wetland on or adjacent to your school grounds, learn how to protect it. 

  • Avoid runoff by prohibiting use of pesticides and fertilizers on school grounds.
  • Use native plants and shrubs as buffers near water.
  • Create signs that encourage people not to litter or pollute.

3.  Invite your local wastewater treatment provider to discuss their work with students or provide a tour of their facilities. These facilities sometimes have nutrient-rich retention ponds that are ultimately discharged into a nearby wetland.

4.  Learn about the bird species who rely on your closest wetland as a stopover during migration.

5.  Beavers are one of nature’s engineers. What role do beavers play in a wetland ecosystem?

6.  Take a field trip to your local wetland.

7.  Connect with your local wetland organizations who protect and monitor wetlands.

  • Invite them to speak at your school.
  • Participate in their wetland events helping to connect and engage families with school activities.
  • Determine why champions of our waterways, such as river protectors are important.

8.  Research using wetlands as green infrastructure and consider creating a model site on your school grounds or in your community especially in urban areas to control runoff.

9.  Participate in a species watch program, such as Frog Watch USA or the Great Backyard Bird Count.

10. Conduct field investigations of soil to provide a deeper understanding of the role soils play in keeping wetlands healthy, such as:

  • Soil moisture
  • Soil temperature and pH
  • Soil characterization
  • Soil fertility

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