July 29-31, 2015
This course provides an overview of the unique ecology of aquatic systems in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, particularly as it relates to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, through discussions and field trips. Topics will include aquatic macroinvertebrates, habitats, conservation issues, etc. Field trips will include visits to examples of many of these aquatic systems.
Goal: This course will give students an overview of aquatic natural history as it relates to the streams and wetlands of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.
Cost: $327 per person. This course may be taken in conjunction with Reptiles & Amphibians, which takes place July 27-29, for a combined cost of $594.
TEACHERS: After attending this program, when you bring your school group you will qualify to come free and your students will get a reduced rate on a three day or longer experience.
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Specific objectives of this course are:
1. To introduce the student to the variety of streams and wetlands, their hydrology, structure, and habitats found in the Southern Appalachian Mountains.
2. To introduce the student to aquatic macroinvertebrates and their natural history, including their use in stream health indices.
3. To describe the importance of aquatic systems, their threats, management, and rehabilitation.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Identify the types of aquatic systems found in the Southern Appalachian Mountains.
2. Identify aquatic macroinvertebrates to order.
3. Describe aquatic habitats and their inhabitants.
Cancellations received up to two weeks prior to the program start date will be refunded in full, minus a $50 processing fee.