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Mayor James Urges Residents to Prepare for the Storm

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Grassy Waters Preserve is a 23-square mile remnant of the Everglades that serves as the surface water supply for West Palm Beach.

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Canoeing Field Trip Activity 

Fine-tune your canoeing skills while learning about the importance of Grassy Waters Preserve and the greater Everglades ecosystem.  Learn about Everglades geology and natural history to discover why conserving this ecosystem is so important.  Trace the path of water from the clouds to the marsh to your faucet, and discuss the factors that affect water quality and availability both for humans and our native plants and animals.  Learn how wetlands sequester carbon and moderate our climate, and discuss what would happen if Grassy Waters was converted into agricultural land or commercial development.  

Relevant Standards: 

4th  Grade

SC.4.E.6.3 Recognize that humans need resources found on Earth and that these are either renewable or nonrenewable.

SC.4.L.17.4 Recognize ways plants and animals, including humans, can impact the environment.

5th  Grade

SC.5.L.14.2 Compare and contrast the function of organs and other physical structures of plants and animals, including humans, for example: some animals have skeletons for support -- some with internal skeletons others with exoskeletons -- while some plants have stems for support.

SC.5.L.17.1 Compare and contrast adaptations displayed by animals and plants that enable them to survive in different environments such as life cycles variations, animal behaviors and physical characteristics.

SC.5.E.7.1 Create a model to explain the parts of the water cycle. Water can be a gas, a liquid, or a solid and can go back and forth from one state to another.

6th  Grade

SC.6.E.6.1 Describe and give examples of ways in which Earth's surface is built up and torn down by physical and chemical weathering, erosion, and deposition.

SC.6.E.6.2 Recognize that there are a variety of different landforms on Earth's surface such as coastlines, dunes, rivers, mountains, glaciers, deltas, and lakes and relate these landforms as they apply to Florida

SC.6.E.7.4 Differentiate and show interactions among the geosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere.

7th  Grade

SC.7.E.6.6 Identify the impact that humans have had on Earth, such as deforestation, urbanization, desertification, erosion, air and water quality, changing the flow of water.

SC.7.L.17.3 Describe and investigate various limiting factors in the local ecosystem and their impact on native populations, including food, shelter, water, space, disease, parasitism, predation, and nesting sites.

SC.7.L.17.2 Compare and contrast the relationships among organisms such as mutualism, predation, parasitism, competition, and commensalism

8th  Grade

SC.8.L.18.1 Describe and investigate the process of photosynthesis, such as the roles of light, carbon dioxide, water and chlorophyll; production of food; release of oxygen.

SC.8.L.18.2 Describe and investigate how cellular respiration breaks down food to provide energy and releases carbon dioxide.

SC.8.L.18.3 Construct a scientific model of the carbon cycle to show how matter and energy are continuously transferred within and between organisms and their physical environment

High School

SC.912.L.17.4 Describe changes in ecosystems resulting from seasonal variations, climate change and succession.

SC.912.L.17.6 Compare and contrast the relationships among organisms, including predation, parasitism, competition, commensalism, and mutualism

SC.912.L.17.8 Recognize the consequences of the losses of biodiversity due to catastrophic events, climate changes, human activity, and the introduction of invasive, non-native species. 

SC.912.L.17.10 Diagram and explain the biogeochemical cycles of an ecosystem, including water, carbon, and nitrogen cycle

SC.912.E.6.2 Connect surface features to surface processes that are responsible for their formation.

SC.912.E.7.1 Analyze the movement of matter and energy through the different biogeochemical cycles, including water and carbon.

SC.912.E.7.3 Differentiate and describe the various interactions among Earth systems, including: atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, geosphere, and biosphere