5th Grade River Clean Up
In 5th grade students participate in an interdisciplinary study of the importance of rivers and river ecology in their science, World Cultural Geography, math and English classes. As part of this study, students take a field trip to River Edge Nature Center in Saukville where they use collect macroinvertebrates and learn about how they help indicate the quality of a clean river. They also learn about what a watershed is and its importance in maintaining a healthy river. From there, students do a park/river clean up where they collect trash and recyclables. Over the past eleven years, USM fifth graders have recovered more than 4,000 pounds of refuse from Brown Deer Park.