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The Big Picture

Loy Felix • Jun 23, 2017

Today was the culmination of this week's place-based learning. Through the week we looked at the effects logging, mining, management of storm water drainage and recreation have had on the Coeur d'Alene water basin. We also looked at programs designed to remove the source of the problems that have been created, most inadvertently by we homo sapiens. My husband and I have lived in the area for 37 years and we have prided ourselves on learning the history, both human and natural, of the area. In one week I have learned so much more from the experts Marie scheduled. I think our entire group... more

The Urban Watershed: my favorite people in some favorite places

Jamie Esler • Jun 23, 2017


The final day of our workshop took place in the "Urban Watershed" of Coeur d'alene and Lake CDA.  From paddling, to storm water drain stenciling, to ROV water quality testing opportunities, to learning about water-wise vetetable gardening and landscaping, today was PACKED with ways we can engage our students in learning about our watershed and the ecosystem services within it.  

Coeur d'Alene's economy relies heavily on the ecosystem services the lake provides for recreation, fishing, and real estate.  Today's adventures took us through some of the ways these have been... more

Mining reclamation and the Pulaski Trail

Birgid Niedenzu • Jun 23, 2017

Late blog entry for Tuesday's mining district tour in and around Wallace, as well as the historic Pulaski Trail.

Snorkeling as a survey method

Kim Portwood • Jun 23, 2017

There were 6 of us that went snorkeling in the river looking for trout.  First of all, that water is just as cold as I imagined it would be.  The way to find trout is to start downstream of a calmer, deeper area of the river and slowly make your way upstream by grasping rocks and pulling yourself along.  This sounds easy in theory.  In real life, it is much more difficult.  First of all, the current pulls you downstream as you cling to smooth, slimy rocks on the bottom.  Sometimes the current is strong enough that you and the anchor rock you were clinging to both go downstream.    The... more

Friday- What we're up to and your final assignment

Marie Pengilly • Jun 23, 2017

Happy Friday, digi-adventurers!

Today we’ll be staying in Coeur d’Alene covering urban water issues. We’ll start the morning talking about stormwater and stenciling storm drains. (Have you tried incorporating any service learning projects in your classrooms? Do you think it increases student engagement?)

Next, Barb Mueller of Gizmo Coeur d’Alene will show us some remote-operated underwater vehicles. Gizmo CDA is using these vehicles to monitor water quality in local lakes and they are looking for ways to involve students! We’ll kayak along the Spokane River and around... more

Forest Regeneration- Is it our responsibility?

Bobbi Eby • Jun 22, 2017

Cheryl Tijerina posted a great question that I replied to on her blog, however, I wasn't sure if I should just reply to her, or write my own blog, so I am doing both! It will be redundant, so no need to read both.

I wanted to address her question, “Should we allow nature to take its course to repair any damage without human interference, or is it our duty to repair any damage using any means possible?”  I took this question to my husband, who is a silviculturist. (Silviculturists are the people who manage the trees in our forests. They attempt to control forest regeneration,... more