22 March 2016
Happy World Water Day!
Discovering our Blue Planet and learning more about water, one of Earth's most precious resources, takes up a big portion of Art of Conservation's Creative Learning & One-Health Awareness program.
Our students now recognize the large land masses, the continents, and are becoming more familiar with the oceans. A mere two kilometers away from where we are in the classroom is the Caribbean Sea (site of one of the largest coral reefs in the world) and a little further north, the Gulf of México.
Here in the Yucatán Peninsula, which is a vast limestone platform, we stand upon one of the most extensive karst aquifer systems in the world. The Maya who inhabited the region during the Post-Classic Period (A.D. 900-1500) to the present revere the cenotes, or sinkholes, which are the openings to the vast underground freshwater system as entrances to Xibalba, the underworld. There are over 8,000 cenotes on the peninsula.
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Water Guardians, or Guardianes del Agua in Spanish, is an Art of Conservation section of programming in which the kids and our AoC team take field trips to local water sources- cenotes and a lagoon in this case to conduct hands-on water monitoring. Students record the temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, nitrates, phosphate, total coliforms, and turbidity.
With every group of children we work with, we take another field trip about twenty miles north of Tulum to Solimán Bay. The bay is calm and protected which is perfect to introduce the kids to the wonderful world of scuba diving. Our dive experts fit the children with dive suits, masks, flippers, and carefully bring them to the water and teach them how to breathe through a regulator while submerged in the warm ocean waters. (Thank you Calypso Divers for the use of dive equipment!)
At Art of Conservation we like to spread messages and inspire others to take action to protect our oceans. Team member Esteban Pliego created this short animation.
Back at school, art projects are incredibly fun for us all. We make papier mache sea creatures which will be on view at our open houses and at upcoming science fairs.
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With love and appreciation,
Julie Ghrist, founder