ATTENTION TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS
The Chase Reservoir Property is located along
The suggestions that follow are just a list of ideas that the Commission members have discussed. By no means is this list complete and with your help it may grow in many directions. It is the hope of the Commission members that those using the facility for curriculum purposes will keep records so others may look back on the gathered statistics over the years.
Water Quality - using simple test kits available from companies such as Science Kit and
Flinn Scientific students can learn to test variables in the water. Grants might be
available from different organizations. Variables that can be tested include:
Physical Factors: Biological Factors
Water temperature Determine what micro- and macro-
Water pH organisms live in the water
Water clarity or turbidity Vernal pools
Water hardness Animals in winter (tracks)
Nitrate concentration Animal count
Land Quality - short hikes and observations students can experience and be introduced
Biodiversity Bird identification
Human impact to an area Habitat analysis
Life along the water edges
History/Social Studies - projects can be implemented to do research about the history of
the area. The historical society in Killingly can be of great help.
English and Literature - Ralph Waldo Emerson and Robert Frost are but two of many
authors who would be inspired by nature in this property.
With such a valuable resource such as this and so much emphasis being placed upon ecology, environmental science, and conservation, along with an emphasis placed upon Project Based Learning in education today, it seems Chase Reservoir could be a rich resource for the Killingly schools.
For more information about the Chase Reservoir property, see www.killinglyconservation.org or contact the Planning and Development Office at the Killingly Town Hall (860) 779-5311.