The staff at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area has developed several curriculum based lesson plans designed to allow teachers to bring the park to the classroom and the classroom to the park. Pre-visit, on-site, and post-visit activities for science and social studies lessons are available for download individually or as part of the lesson plan.
Other curriculum based materials have been designed to be used in conjunction with either a class visit to the park or a visit to your school by a park ranger. To schedule an on-site visit by a park ranger led school site program, contact the Education Specialist (678) 538-1243.
Water from homes and businesses enters sewers or septic tanks through pipes. This wastewater is kept with other dirty water because it is unhealthy and must be kept away from our drinking water. This sewer water is sent to a water treatment plant where the unhealthy parts are removed. The water is then returned to the river sometimes cleaner than it was originally. This lesson raises real world concerns, guiding students to become better stewards of our environment.
Trout streams are particularly susceptible to thermal pollution, because they need to maintain cold temperatures year round. Trout streams are either well shaded or receive cold groundwater inputs. Artificial tailwater fisheries may be created at the outflow from large dams, where the size of the reservoir creates a steep temperature difference, with colder water stored at the bottom of the reservoir near the outlet. The Chattahoochee River below Buford Dam is an example of a tailwater fishery.
This lesson will teach children about the importance of clean water and the ways in which nature and humans can help clean water of the pollution and other impurities that are often present. Children will be able to engineer a water filtration device from given supplies that will be able to filter impurities from “polluted” water.
In 1864, during the Civil War, General William T. Sherman crossed the Chattahoochee and ordered his troops to burn the mills, therefore weakening the South’s development. Because a number of the mills were making uniforms and supplies for the Confederate soldiers, their destruction was a hard hit to parts of the southern troops. Following the Civil War, however, many of the mills were rebuilt and their ruins can still be seen along the river today.