LabVenture: Every student in Maine is connected to the Gulf of Maine through the watershed, it is one thing that we all have in common. We introduce this concept during LabVenture! to allow students to see a connection between their hometowns and the Gulf of Maine.
This Activity: There are many different components that make up a watershed, this activity has students looking for local aquatic habitats and how they are connected to the Gulf of Maine.
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Goal: To understand how your town is connected to the Gulf of Maine through the Watershed.

Question: What makes up a watershed?

Watershed: A watershed is the area of land where all of the water that is under it or drains off of it goes into the same place. John Wesley Powell, scientist
  • For the entire state of Maine, parts of New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and parts of Canada, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia - this place is the Gulf of Maine.
  • http://www.gma.org/katahdin/index.html

Activity: Students will explore the Gulf of Maine watershed using mapping tools.

Using Google Earth or Google Maps have students find:
  • Their Town
  • Their House
  • Their School
  • The closest Lake
  • The closest River
  • The closest body of water near your school (bog, lake, pond, river...)
  • Using one of these bodies of water, follow it (as best you can) until the water reaches the Gulf of Maine

What other bodies of water (rivers, lakes) did you follow to get to the Gulf of Maine?
What towns did the water pass through on its way to the Gulf of Maine?
Where along the coast did the water reach the Gulf of Maine?

Trace the route that water takes along the watershed using tools on Google Earth or Maps by adding placemarks, drawing lines, or shading in areas with shapes. Save your map!

Alternatives:
Limited computers: work in teams, or project one computer on a screen for the class to look at
No computers: use paper maps of the Gulf of Maine

Choose a Field Site:
Choose a body of water that is easy to access from your school as your field study site.

Teacher Survey

Student Survey