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Tracking Polar Bears

In this interactive activity adapted from the USGS Alaska Science Center, track the movements of a polar bear as it migrates across the changing Arctic sea ice and compare the paths of four different polar bears.
  • Grade Level(s):
    Gr. K | Age 6, Gr. 1 | Age 7, Gr. 2 | Age 8, Gr. 3 | Age 9, Gr. 4 | Age 10, Gr. 5 | Age 11, Gr. 6 | Age 12, Gr. 7 | Age 13, Gr. 8 | Age 14
  • Subjects:
    Science
  • Language:
    English
  • Posted:
    Jun. 22, 2011
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Controlling Water Run-off

This video shows how the environmentally friendly design of the Visitor Center at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest near Louisville, Kentucky helps to control non-point-source water pollution, conserve water, and prevent erosion by slowing down and collecting water run-off.
  • Grade Level(s):
    Gr. 6 | Age 12, Gr. 7 | Age 13, Gr. 8 | Age 14, Gr. 9 | Age 15, Gr. 10 | Age 16, Gr. 11 | Age 17, Gr. 12 | Age 18
  • Subjects:
    Science
  • Language:
    English
  • Posted:
    Jun. 27, 2011
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Water Solutions: Stream Restoration

This video explores how Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest near Louisville, Kentucky restored a channelized stream to its original meandering path.
  • Grade Level(s):
    Gr. 6 | Age 12, Gr. 7 | Age 13, Gr. 8 | Age 14, Gr. 9 | Age 15, Gr. 10 | Age 16, Gr. 11 | Age 17, Gr. 12 | Age 18
  • Subjects:
    Science
  • Language:
    English
  • Posted:
    Jun. 27, 2011
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High Sulfur Coal and Acidic Water

In this video, after briefly discussing the geologic era in which Kentucky’s high-sulfur coal formed, a geologist demonstrates how high-sulfur coal causes acid mine drainage.
  • Grade Level(s):
    Gr. 6 | Age 12, Gr. 7 | Age 13, Gr. 8 | Age 14, Gr. 9 | Age 15, Gr. 10 | Age 16, Gr. 11 | Age 17, Gr. 12 | Age 18
  • Subjects:
    Science
  • Language:
    English
  • Posted:
    Jun. 27, 2011
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Reusing Wastewater

This video demonstrates how peat filtration beds at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest near Louisville, Kentucky purify and conserve wastewater and eliminate one cause of non-point-source water pollution.
  • Grade Level(s):
    Gr. 4 | Age 10, Gr. 5 | Age 11, Gr. 6 | Age 12, Gr. 7 | Age 13, Gr. 8 | Age 14, Gr. 9 | Age 15, Gr. 10 | Age 16, Gr. 11 | Age 17, Gr. 12 | Age 18
  • Subjects:
    Science
  • Language:
    English
  • Posted:
    Jun. 27, 2011
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Recycling and Restoration

This video explains how Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest near Louisville, Kentucky used recycled cypress from pickle vats to build its visitor center and then “paid back” nature by creating a cypress-tupelo swamp.
  • Grade Level(s):
    Gr. 4 | Age 10, Gr. 5 | Age 11, Gr. 6 | Age 12, Gr. 7 | Age 13, Gr. 8 | Age 14, Gr. 9 | Age 15, Gr. 10 | Age 16, Gr. 11 | Age 17, Gr. 12 | Age 18
  • Subjects:
    Science
  • Language:
    English
  • Posted:
    Jun. 27, 2011
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Results of Mine Drainage Remediation

In this video, a biologist visits Lower Rock Creek in Pulaski County, Kentucky to show how acid mine drainage remediation has increased the stream’s pH from acidic levels almost to 7, which is neutral. Many fish species such as minnows, trout, and bass have returned to Rock Creek.
  • Grade Level(s):
    Gr. 6 | Age 12, Gr. 7 | Age 13, Gr. 8 | Age 14, Gr. 9 | Age 15, Gr. 10 | Age 16, Gr. 11 | Age 17, Gr. 12 | Age 18
  • Subjects:
    Science
  • Language:
    English
  • Posted:
    Jun. 27, 2011
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Restoring Lower Rock Creek

This brief video describes how Lower Rock Creek’s location between two National Wild and Scenic Rivers caused Kentucky environmentalists to choose the creek as a target for acid mine drainage remediation.
  • Grade Level(s):
    Gr. 6 | Age 12, Gr. 7 | Age 13, Gr. 8 | Age 14, Gr. 9 | Age 15, Gr. 10 | Age 16, Gr. 11 | Age 17, Gr. 12 | Age 18
  • Subjects:
    Science
  • Language:
    English
  • Posted:
    Jun. 27, 2011
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Environmental Impact of Acid Mine Drainage

This video shows how acid mine drainage from an abandoned coal mine has affected Wildcat Branch in Kentucky's Daniel Boone National Forest. Macroinvertebrates and the larger animals that feed on them are almost entirely absent, and reproductive cycles have been completely disrupted.
  • Grade Level(s):
    Gr. 6 | Age 12, Gr. 7 | Age 13, Gr. 8 | Age 14, Gr. 9 | Age 15, Gr. 10 | Age 16, Gr. 11 | Age 17, Gr. 12 | Age 18
  • Subjects:
    Science
  • Language:
    English
  • Posted:
    Jun. 27, 2011
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Acid Mine Drainage Remediation

In this video, an environmental technologist visits an abandoned coal mine in Kentucky to talk about how a remediation system (a series of settling ponds and treatment cells) is neutralizing the acid drainage from the mine and preventing damage to a creek downstream.
  • Grade Level(s):
    Gr. 6 | Age 12, Gr. 7 | Age 13, Gr. 8 | Age 14, Gr. 9 | Age 15, Gr. 10 | Age 16, Gr. 11 | Age 17, Gr. 12 | Age 18
  • Subjects:
    Science
  • Language:
    English
  • Posted:
    Jun. 27, 2011
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