Description: This field trip is a cross-curricular project involving Biology, Geology, Chemistry, and Physics. It's formed and managed by The Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation as well as the Tillman Water Reclamation Plant which cleans and recycles water and then dumps it back into the Los Angeles River. The field trip includes, soil and water testing, weather studies, plotting quadrants,as well as flora and fauna identification. The park has dirt tracks that go around the outside of this small lake and wildlife on each side of the path. It is managed by the Los Angeles Parks and Recreation. It is also wheel chair accessible and has bathrooms and sinks as well as water fountains. Here's a local trail map.
History: The Sepulveda Dam Basin in Van Nuys was built to protect Los Angeles from the ravages of flooding caused by the torrents of the Los Angeles River during heavy downpours after the floods of 1938. Now the 2200-acre Basin has two wildlife areas and one of three soft-bottomed sections of the Los Angeles River. Steve will present a history of native revegetation projects in the Basin, discuss the latest revision of the Master Plan for the Basin, and talk about his kayaking experience along the LA River.
Audience: This Reserve would be ideal for all grade levels and fit well with California Science Standards found in the 7th grade life science classes as well as high school Biology classes. This location is central to most of the high schools found in the San Fernando Valley and it's free with no reservations needed.
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Study Guide: Included at the bottom as an attachment. The Study guide contains information as well as 5 different aspects to study at this park: water testing, soil testing, floral and fauna studies, and atmosphere.
For additional information: Los Angeles Audubon Society