Discover: What's in your Watershed?


Students will learn to examine exhibit content and specimen to learn about the Grand River Watershed and some of the special species that call this place home. We will focus on the distinction between native and invasive species, as well as the issues facing threatened and endangered species in the region, namely threatened wild rice and lake sturgeon and endangered snuffbox mussels.

Student Objectives

  • Students will be able to describe a watershed and the interconnections of species within watersheds, including how native and invasive species interact and impact each other.
  • Students will be able to identify examples of risks organisms face in their environments, as well as possible reasons that species may become threatened.
  • Students will propose solutions to mitigate the risks against threatened and endangered species.

Curriculum Connections

  • NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: Engineering Design; From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes; Unity and Diversity; Earth’s Systems; Earth and Human Activity
  • NGSS Science & Engineering Practices: Asking Questions and Defining Problems; Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions; Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information.
  • Michigan K-12 Social Studies Standards: G1 The World in Spatial Terms: Geographical Habits of Mind, G2 Places and Regions, G3 Physical Systems, G5 Environment and Society, P1 Reading and Communication, P2 Inquiry Research and Analysis

Related Object: Sturgeon Scute