What is a watershed?

….and how does water travel from here to there?

Mapping out the waterways, landforms, animals and plants in our watershed. (Photo by Anneke Nordmark)

Mapping out the waterways, landforms, animals and plants in our watershed. (Photo by Anneke Nordmark)

What challenges face our freshwater systems today and what solutions could there be? The 2014-15 ZooTeen Leader program, a group of 23 ninth- through twelfth-graders dedicated to the Zoo, is off to an exciting start. We’ll learn about how issues affecting the environment affect the animals we love, as well as ways to take action to promote conservation issues.

Investigating the boundaries of our watershed. (Photo by Anneke Nordmark)

Investigating the boundaries of our watershed. (Photo by Anneke Nordmark)

This year the ZooTeen Leaders will study our local watershed, ranging from the basics of how watersheds work to details about the animals who call our watershed home. We’ll expand our investigations to the Great Lakes and our connection to the largest freshwater system in the world.

If being involved with teen programs at the Zoo sounds like fun, keep an eye on our Web site. In January, the summer ZooTeen program application will be posted. Also, save the date for our Teen Night event, on April 19.

Questions? Contact me at anordmark@senecazoo.org.

– Anneke Nordmark, Youth and School Programs Coordinator