The Leaf Pack Network® (LPN) is a network of citizens, teachers, and students investigating their local stream ecosystems. Using the Leaf Pack Experiment Kit, participants:
- Create an artificial leaf pack and place it in a stream for three to four weeks.
- Collect and examine the packs in the classroom.
- Discover aquatic insects that indicate stream health, showing the connection between trees and streams.
- Share data through the network.
FREE One-Day Leaf Pack Workshop
Saturday, May 16, 2015
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
UWM School of Freshwater Sciences
600 E Greenfield Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53204 (Map)
Slimy Leaves for Healthy Streams:
A Training in the Leaf Pack Network
How can clumps of slimy leaves in a stream spark stream exploration?
The Leaf Pack Experiment is a fun, hands-on research and outreach tool for non-scientists which demonstrates how our actions on land impact life in streams and water quality. Leaf Pack promotes inquiry-based interdisciplinary watershed education and engages diverse audiences in conducting their own experiments, gathering relevant ecological data, exploring food webs, learning classification skills, using technology to share data, comparing data with those of other communities and applying that information to protect local watersheds.
Join us at our workshop, we’ll show you how!
During this workshop participants will receive an overview of stream ecology and watershed concepts based on research done at the Stroud Water Research Center. Taking our boots to the stream, we’ll then experience hands-on examination of leaf packs with live aquatic macroinvertebrates, including their identification and a look at the Leaf Pack Network® web-site and database.
Interested in connecting your classroom to the outdoors? Here’s how to get started!
Jump Into These Links!
Anyone interested in learning about riparian communities can use the resources available on the Leaf Pack Network®. Navigate the LPN website using the menu on the left, or start with these pages:
Visit our learning center to learn about watersheds, the link between trees and streams, macroinvertebrates, or data analysis.
Explore interesting resources from Stroud Water Research Center and other organizations that provide information about rivers and streams.
For a detailed look at the Leaf Pack Network, view our eight minute video.