Nineteenth-century industrial and municipal waste adversely affected the Merrimack River watershed, source of the city’s drinking water. The pollution generated by the growing industrial city had consequences that we are still learning from today. Weaving together historical incidents and scientific investigation, students
- Use simulation tanks to explore how human activity pollutes both groundwater and surface run-off (pdf).
- Solve a mystery to find the origin of an 1890s typhoid epidemic in Lowell.
- Tour an operating weave room and study a canal to hypothesize how pollution traveled from the source into the watershed.
- Examine Lowell’s industrial past to make more informed choices about how we can protect our environment today.
We have many resources to help prepare your students for their visit, and extend learning afterwards.
All of our programs have been reviewed to ensure their relevance to state and national standards.
- Field Trip Fee: $225 per group
- Group Size: Up to 30 students per group.
- Chaperones: We require a minimum of two (2) adults per group – with a ratio of one (1) adult for every ten (10) students.
- Each group should include a teacher, one or two chaperones, plus any additional staff (aides, nurses, etc) your group requires.
- Maximum of six (6) adults per group.
Programs can be reserved by calling us at 978-970-5080 to make a reservation for your class
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