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Students naturally have an interest in exploring aquatic life - harnessing this energy can teach students about the importance of clean water as well as the biological diversity that aquatic environments support. We offer a comprehensive selection of resources for studying aquatic ecosystems.

  Wetland, Pond and Stream Activities and Kits
Ponds and streams have always captivated the young, from finding tadpoles to wading along the shore looking for frogs and turtles. In this section we offer a wide array of activity guides, DVDs, posters, pond and wetland study kits and references for individuals interested in learning more about aquatic life.
  Aquatic Nets, Field Equipment, Sampling Containers
Comprehensive selection of aquatic nets, invertebrate sampling equipment, field observation containers, small aquaria, collecting jars and vials.
  LaMotte Water Quality and Environmental Test Kits
LaMotte kits are known for their reliability, ease of use, and accuracy. Acorn Naturalists has been providing educators with high quality LaMotte resources for over twenty-five years. In this section you will find a comprehensive selection of kits for freshwater, saltwater, soil, plant, aquatic insect and environmental analysis. To help you locate what you are looking for, resources are listed both alphabetically and by category.
  Additional Water Quality Kits and Testing Supplies
In this section you will find a wide selection of water quality monitoring books, CD's, water quality test kits, student test kits, GREEN (Global Rivers Environmental Education Network) test kits, LaMotte kits, water quality sampling equipment, secchi disks, enviro-safe thermometers, pocket thermometers, plankton sampling equipment and related activity guides.
  Observation Equipment for Aquatic Studies
Included here are containers for classroom and field observation of invertebrates, aquatic organisms and other creatures as well as a wide variety of resources for making your own museum-quality science and nature displays.
  Magnifiers, Hand Lenses, and Microscopes
In this section you will find a comprehensive selection of magnifiers, hand lenses, bug boxes, binoculars, microscopes and related observation tools.
  Fish Printing Replicas, Inks, Paper and Kits
Fish printing, or Gyotaku, incorporates science (fish diversity, anatomy, ecology), art (create colorful paintings, note cards, displays), math (measure and count fins, proportions, count fin rays), reading (use with stories about aquatic environments) and creative writing (write fact or fiction about the fish prints). All ages and abilities can enjoy creating beautiful, unique, artistic prints. We offer a wide selection of both fresh and saltwater species.
  Resources for Learning about Water
Included in this section are activity guides, curricula, references and multimedia resources geared toward educating about the value of water. From relatively simple concepts such as source water protection to the complex ones involving the politics of water transfers, this section has water education resources for all ages.
  Exploring Rivers - Activities, References and DVDs
Rivers have been used for centuries for drinking water, transportation and recreation. More recently, they have also been appreciated for their open space and environmental value. This section contains unique resources for exploring the life, lore and future protection of river ecosystems.
  Discovering Watersheds and Estuaries
Water departments have long realized the value of protecting watersheds, but increasingly they are recognized for their value in providing open space and wildlife habitat. In this section, we offer a range of activity books, kits, and other resources for teaching children and adults about their local watersheds, from the mountain sources to the estuaries by the sea.

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