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Educator Open House

  • Monday, September 10,  3-5 pm OR
  • Thursday, September 20, 3-5 pm (cancelled)
  • Thursday, October 11, 3-5 pm

Meet at the Blaine Wetland Sanctuary
11980 Lexington Avenue, Blaine 55449

Preregister to receive a flash drive with lessons, maps, and science stories specific to the Blaine Wetland Sanctuary.  

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Bring a friend or your teaching team to…

  • Explore the eSTEM curriculum lessons
  • Get your questions about the fen answered
  • Network with other teachers
  • Hike the mile-long boardwalk
  • Preview engineering design challenges for students
  • Learn the scientists’ stories who are conducting research at the fen
  • Preview the maps, signage, and phenology connections
  • Sign up for BWS field trips for the 2018-19 school year


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Why Are Wetlands Important?

  • They are “biological supermarkets” - very productive ecosystems, yielding food at the base of the food web to support all other living things in that environment. 
  • They are “residential developments” - providing habitat for all life stages of many species of plants and animals, including rare, threatened, and endangered species. 
  • They are “filters and sponges” – soaking up excess nutrients ad pollutants, replenishing surface and groundwater, and providing benefits for water quality and hydrology. 
  • They are “trash compactors and recyclers” – decomposing organic matter and cycling important elements through plant and animal life. 
  • They are “landscape protectors” – reducing the impact of flooding and erosion. 
  • They are “happy places” – granting open space for us to enjoy and connect with our natural world when we need a break from the hustle and bustle that surrounds us.