Windsor 7 -- River
to the Sea
Student Views of the Expedition by Drew, Gabi, Ashley,
River to the Sea was the fall
expedition for Windsor 7. We
explored the health of the Fore River ecosystem, which flows from
Capisic Pond, through Stroudwater Marsh, and finally drains into the
Casco Bay at Portland's commercial waterfront. To assess the
quality of the river, we collected a variety data at several locations
within the Fore River ecosystem and eventually shared our finding
before the mayor of Portland and members of the public in the
City Council chambers.
Over the course of 43
days we visited four different locations along
the Fore River. While we were there we took different tests, and
used different tools to get information on the plant that each student
was assigned. The six tests that we took included pH, phosphates,
nitrates, salinity, temperature, and dissolved oxygen. The
students also looked for
clues of human impact and damage caused by nature to see if the area
was healthy for plant and animal life. All of this information was
recorded in a fieldwork journal
Art in our Expedition
Each student made a water
color painting and silhouette of the plant
they were assigned. The water color painting was used as the the
cover of each students scientific analysis. They tried to match
the color, size and shape as close as they could to the actual
picture. All of the students at least doubled the size of the
picture and made the colors as close to print out as possible.
See the water color paintings.
See the silhouettes.
For the final product of
the expedition, each student created a
scientific analysis based upon the data collected in the field and in
our research at school. Each report included an introduction, a
history setion, a review of our fieldwork process, our findings, an
analysis of the overall health of the ecosystem, and a
Reports varied from 8 -16 pages in length. These reports were
with the public at the culminating event.
Our culminating event
took place at City Hall in Portland in the City
Council Chambers. Students presented the findings of our
fieldwork to the Mayor and members of the public. The
presentations were followed by a reception. Every student shared
his or her work with at least two guests.
day. See the movie.