JOHN MARSHALL SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012
The John Marshall SWCD staff and volunteers conducted conservation education programs for over 4,000 individuals in Fauquier County for FY 2012. District employees worked with elementary through high school age students, and adult audiences, providing information on a variety of conservation topics such as point and nonpoint source pollution, water quality, stream monitoring, soils, erosion and sediment control, and best management practices. Programs are customized to meet the needs of the groups requesting the programs. Participating students represented public, private, and home schooled youth. Adult participants included teachers, parents, chaperones, farmers and other interested citizens.
During FY 2012, the JMSWCD educational programs included:
Cedar Run Monitoring Project - Students from David Artt’s Fauquier High School Ecology classes conducted water quality tests for nitrogen, phosphorus, and dissolved oxygen, and collected macroinvertebrates on a monthly basis at Cedar Run as part of a long-term educational watershed study.
South Run Monitoring Project – Students from Kaitlyn Smoot’s Kettle Run Ecology Classes started monitoring South Run in Vint Hill Park in February 2012.
Conservation Field Days - 150 seventh-grade students, teachers, and chaperones from Taylor Middle School participated in a conservation field day at Messick’s Dairy Farm in October. Guest instructors presented talks on milking, newborn calves, nutrient management, water quality, macroinvertebrates, soils, forestry, insects, and composting.
Farm Tours - JMSWCD personnel coordinated and hosted over 750 third grade students, teachers, and chaperones at local farms in April. Students rotated through beef, swine, dairy, horse, nutrient management, farm life cycle, plant, nutrition, insect, soil, and water quality stations. Blue Ridge Farm in Orlean and Choice Longhorns in Bealeton hosted the events.
Educational Displays - JMSWCD personnel set up and staffed educational displays at several events, including the Fauquier County Fair, Fauquier Benefits Fair, Warrenton Farmer’s Market, Fauquier Farm Tour, and Crockett Park.
Point and Non-Point Source Pollution - The Enviroscape model was used to demonstrate the impact of everyday rural and urban events on watershed health to 430 3rd and 6th grade students..
Soil Studies - Over 544 third grade youth received hands-on instruction in soil studies, learning about structure and texture, the soil profile, and soil testing. All students made soil tubes.
Soil Tunnel - Over 600 youth crawled through John Marshall’s soil tunnel at school events and the Fauquier County Fair.
Leaf Pack Project – The District helped the Environmental Club at P.B. Smith Elementary School conduct the Leaf Pack Project which studied macroinvertebrates in Great Run and Cedar Run.
Upper Rappahannock Monitoring - JMSWCD staff and volunteers continued monitoring of 8 sites for macroinvertebrates using the Modified Virginia SOS method. Streams are monitored on a quarterly basis and data entered on the SOS website.
E. coli Monitoring - Ten sites on Thumb Run, nine on Great Run, and eight on Marsh Run were tested on a monthly basis for E. coli in cooperation with DEQ. Bacterial colonies were grown in the office using the Coliscan Easygel method, and results entered on the DEQ website.
Presentations - District personnel made numerous presentations to garden clubs, Master Gardeners, the Rotary Club, and other business and civic groups.
Trout In The Classroom - The District worked with eight schools to raise Brook Trout from eggs and release them in local streams.
Warrenton Natural History Day Camp - The John Marshall SWCD staff assisted over 30 youth campers with macroinvertebrate monitoring, chemical testing, and forestry practices along the Rappahannock River near Orlean.
TMDL Monitoring – JMSWCD continued monitoring 8 streams for nitrogen, dissolved oxygen, and E. coli. Five of the streams, Deep Run, two branches of Great Run, Carter’s Run, and Thumb Run are on the TMDL list.
Fauquier Education Farm – Staff members assisted with the Fauquier Fall Farm Tour at the Farm, served on the Board of Directors, and received a $4,600 grant from the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund to build a hardened crossing across Turkey Run on the farm.
Rain Barrels - The John Marshall SWCD purchases rain 20 rain barrels from the Culpeper SWCD and sold them at cost to local residents.
Date Last Modified: 12/19/2012