Environmental Detectives: A Murky Mystery

A young person holding up a science beaker and examining the red liquid

Grade 1 – Grade 8

The Mystery: Fish and other wildlife are dying. The Investigation: Perform chemical and biological tests to determine what could be causing the situation. Intriguing hands-on test stations await as you gather clues, analyze data, and research the history of the area to become an environmental detective. The mystery continues back in the classroom, as teachers choose a follow-up activity from the packet provided, and as students pool their results and attempt to solve the mystery.

Related Next Generation Science Standards

Disciplinary Core Ideas: ESS3: Earth and Human Activity


Science and Engineering Practices: Analyzing and Interpreting Data; Arguing from Evidence; Constructing Explanations

Crosscutting Concepts: Cause and Effect Fees and Details

At Your Site
Enrollment100 (Grades 1-3); 150 (Grades 4-8) maximum
TimeTuesday and Thursday
50 minutes
CostFull Rate: $1,050 for two sessions (two-session minimum; same program)
Full Rate: $1,250 for three sessions (same program)
Title 1 Rate: $735 for two sessions (two-session minimum; same program)
Title 1 Rate: $875 for three sessions (same program)
Adult volunteers required: 16, not including attending teachers

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