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May 1, 2020
Now more than ever, as a family we are trying to get outside and find ways to stretch our legs, but together, that can be hard to do responsibly during this time of social distancing. A walk around the neighborhood always seems like a good idea – but have you considered getting the kiddos out to pick up trash along the way? One thing our Alliance parents have tried is taking a family “Trash Hike” to clean up their little corner of the Chesapeake Watershed. Here are some things that you can talk about with your kids while taking a Trash Hike to encourage them to get excited about a clean environment:
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Feel free to visit your local waterway to do the same! Don’t forget to take the proper safety precautions and to practice social distancing!
Continue the activity inside by trying this easy Hands-on Water Treatment Project for Kids. This is a fun way to teach your children about where our clean water comes from, how there is a limited supply that gets recycled over and over again, and how that recycled water is treated so we can use it again.
Here is what you will need:
To begin your investigation, head to your local pond or waterway to source a “dirty water sample” in your jar.
Step 1: Coagulation and Sedimentation
Step 2: Filtration
Step 3: Disinfection
Show us how you did so that we can share your project! Post your photos and tag the Alliance (@Allianceforthebay).
If you and your family are participating in any sustainability-related activities, whether inside or out of the house, don’t forget to equip yourselves with the necessary safety precautions: masks, gloves, garbage bags, and of course, your camera, to take photos along the way to document your activity and hopefully build an awareness in your community about what can be done while social distancing!
For more photos on how the Alliance is staying engaged in nature, visit our Facebook page and feel free to share ways you and your family are staying busy and having fun while social distancing!
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