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We want students to complete the day with a firm grounding in the basic water science and policy issues of central Texas. We also want to inspire students to consider careers in the environmental sciences and environmental sustainability. In order to facilitate incorporating Barton Springs University into your teaching plan for the semester, we are providing pre and post-trip teaching resources. The pre-trip teaching resources include background information on Barton Springs and the Edwards Aquifer, maps of the Edwards Aquifer and Austin watersheds, and videos related to the flow of water through the aquifer. At the event, students will receive handbooks containing information that they learned during the day including suggestions for further writing, discussion, and exploration.

Reading:
Introduction to Barton Springs and the Edwards Aquifer

More Info on Edwards Aquifer:
http://edwardsaquifer.net/intro.html


Intro to Barton Springs:
http://edwardsaquifer.net/barton.html

Salamanders:
http://www.austintexas.gov/department/salamanders

Maps:
Edwards Aquifer Contributing, Recharge, and Transition Zones: https://gisweb.tceq.texas.gov/edwardsAquifer/

Austin Watersheds: “Find Your Watershed”: http://www.austintexas.gov/GIS/FindYourWatershed/

Videos:
Austin Underground playlist (includes videos on geology, hydrogeology, salamanders, and water quality):
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4DE9788E1378D157

Edwards Aquifer Sinkhole:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=850kNMUOEKc

Flint Ridge Cave Sinkhole:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0DXfSwDuCA

Inside an Edwards Aquifer Well:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbDZ_xxeUFM

Barton Springs Fault at Main Spring:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiERnWyKxso

Barton Springs Underwater Footage:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24-6U5FK470

 

Teachers Who Wish to Participate with their Students

In order to facilitate your class’s trip to Barton Springs University, we are offering assistance with busing and providing lunch for all classes that sign up before the event. Please contact Thales Smith at thales@sosalliance.org to discuss the logistics of bringing your students to the event.


We’d like to know how many students you plan to bring, when you plan to be at the event, and whether you’d like assistance with transportation. The event is free, and Barton Springs Pool is free until 2pm that day. If you submit your email address in the form below, please indicate in the comments box that you are a teacher. Thanks!