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GLOBE Hydrology

Naperville Community Unit School District 203

November 3rd, 2007


Highlands School teacher Ms. Kouri and Steeple Run teacher Maureen Nolan have been participating in the "Bass in the Class" program for several years.  Students raise Bass Fish in their classrooms then release them into Hidden Lake after they carefully check the temperature.  They enthusiastically wave good by to their scaled friends.  Last spring, Mr. Lopatka helped Steeple Run students take GPS readings of the site, so that they could let GLOBE teachers, students and  scientists know where Hidden Lake was located on the globe.  They also measured the PH, conductivity, temperature and turbidity of the water.  The site became the second Steeple Run School GLOBE Hydrology site. Students again tested the water quality and entered the data into the GLOBE Data base.  They have been monitoring  the water at Rotts creek  by for several years, while Highland students been monitoring macro invertebrates and water quality at the DuPage river site and Herrick Lake.  We were blessed with a beautiful November day with a cloudless sky.  Last year we were chilled by cold winds and temperatures near freezing. 

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Ms. Kouri and her pupils check on their Bass.

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Mrs. Nolan and her pupils check on their Bass.

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Temperature is very important.

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They made sure the Bass were not shocked by the temperature.

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These students checking the Turbidity of the lake water.

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They recorded the PH, Conductivity and temperature of too.

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The temperature in the bucket is the same as the lake temperature, so the Bass are ready for release

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The bass don't want to go, they have been in a cozy classroom for several months, with plenty of food.

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Students were invited to go to the Morton Arboretum to collect Atmosphere and Phenology Data.

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They were shocked to find that the Ginkgo Tree that they have been monitoring for color change had lost most of the leaves.

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Just 4 days earlier most of the leaves were on the tree.

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Now we know why Autumn is called Fall. 

In September of 2003, the Naperville School District 203 formed a partnership with the GLOBE Program.  We have performed Teacher workshops in the following places:

Naperville IL  September, 2003

Highland Park, Illinois July, 2005 Workshop

Park Ridge, Illinois September, 2005


Steeple Run students at the Morton Arboretum 2005

Steeple Run and Highlands Bass release 11/4/06

Highlands School 10/14/05 Hydrology at Highlands School

Highlands School 10/11/07 Hydrology at Highlands School

Highlands School macro invertebrates study.

Highlands School Bass Release May 18, 2006

Bass release November 4, 2006

Bass Release November 3, 2007

Bass Release November 1, 2008

Bass Release November 7, 2009

Highlands School Site Definition

Phenology at the Arboretum 

Fall Pnenology 2007

GLOBE Program:

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