We spent Thursday on a trip out to the Haw River, west of Chapel Hill. We were able to do a macroinvertebrate study just below a dam to investigate what was living in the river, and what we could learn about stream health.

In the afternoon we canoed out onto the lake just above the dam, observing human impact on river banks, accumulation of trash and just enjoying the beauty of the river!

Enjoy these shots of our young scientists checking out the river’s biodiversity!


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Carly Apple is Morehead's afterschool coordinator.

Here are some great shot of our camp scientists in action! Building cardboard boats (they’d better float), and filtering some VERY gross water! Do we have any future OWASA chemists in our midst?


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Carly Apple is Morehead's afterschool coordinator.


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Carly Apple is Morehead's afterschool coordinator.

Here’s the pictures of our stream survey morning! Our biological survey team (with some help from the chemical survey team) found an amazing number of crayfish (more than 5!)

Michelle and Chase amazed us with their novel way of grabbing stream invertebrates, and the physical survey group did a great job of checking the width and depth of the stream to compare to tomorrow.

I can’t wait for our trip to OWASA this afternoon. More pictures are definitely on the way!


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Carly Apple is Morehead's afterschool coordinator.

Sadly, the end of this week of SciVentures has come. But check out all the blog posts by those science teams! And the campers did a great job building their cardboard boats and setting sail (even if some of them didn’t quite make it back…)

Today was extra exciting as we took apart out weir. Check out the water level upstream from that thing!

Thanks for a great week, campers!


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Carly Apple is Morehead's afterschool coordinator.

Today we tested out some of the filtering strategies that we learned about OWASA. We made a mixture of many things that we might put down our sinks (that probably shouldn’t go there), and then tried to purify it. I’m not sure I’d want to drink any of the results, though…. OWASA is a bit better than we are!


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Carly Apple is Morehead's afterschool coordinator.

Today we took a trip to OWASA’s Water Treatment Plant and Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Here are some pictures of the campers during this amazing opportunity.  Thanks, OWASA!!


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Carly Apple is Morehead's afterschool coordinator.

Here are the first round of pictures from SciVentures – July 28th edition. Unfortunately, some computer issues lost many of our pictures. Those that we managed to salvage were from Friday – we have pictures of the campers’ team presentations and the sailing of the cardboard boats.


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Carly Apple is Morehead's afterschool coordinator.