On this site you will find information about our statewide water monitoring project. This information includes an interactive map, recent news and events and information about our partners and collaborators throughout the state.

Recent News and Events

Camp Salem DOTS Outreach with Lincoln Middle School

May 24th, 2018

Upham Woods naturalists had the chance to share their knowledge with seventh grade students from Lincoln Middle School at Camp Salem in Black River Falls! The camp aims to get students excited about nature and have fun outdoors while learning a thing or two along the way. Throughout the day, we worked with seven groups with eleven to thirteen students in each. While the main focus of the lesson was to test and compare the water quality of a stream, pond, and waterfall, we also studied the aquatic macro-invertebrates living there and saw how actions upstream affect the environment and people downstream, thanks to a nearby cranberry bog. Everyone involved had a blast and gained valuable skills and knowledge in a real-world setting. See the scientific stories below for the results of our experiments and photos of the students in action!

EPA Site Slideshow.pptx

World Water Day 2018

March 22nd, 2018

Upham Woods is participating in World Water Day with our partners across the state of Wisconsin! World Water Day is an annual, global event initiated by the UN to raise awareness about freshwater resource issues around the world.

The theme for World Water Day 2018 is ‘Nature for Water’ – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century. At Upham Woods, we are using the DOTS kits to collect water quality data from the Wisconsin River and one of its tributaries. Our partners are doing the same for the water resources in their communities. See below for scientific stories and photos from this day of water resource awareness.

Slideshow: World Water Day 2018

World Water Day Scientific Stories

Water Quality Workshop and Educator Training: March 12th-13th, 2018

On March 12th, 2018, Upham Woods hosted an environmental education workshop and training event featuring citizen science water quality monitoring techniques and DOTS technology. This water quality workshop brought together attendees from across Wisconsin with a shared interest in broadening access to environmental education through water quality monitoring. Participants included STEM teachers, camp facilitators, master naturalists, extension agents, and environmental specialists from a variety of organizations. The workshop kicked off on the morning of the 12th with field science activities that featured strategies for fostering learner inquiry in unstructured, outdoor learning environments. Next, participants familiarized themselves with the DOTS tools: portable, handheld devices that allow users to take measurements in their environment. They practiced taking atmospheric measurements with weather meters, finding GPS coordinates, and collecting water quality data with multi-parameter probes and test tablets. To read more about this workshop, click here.

For more information about the EPA Water Quality Monitoring Project, email Justin Hougham at justin.hougham@ces.uwex.edu

Slideshow: Water Quality Workshop and Educator Training

March 12th-13th, 2018

march water workshop slideshow.pptx

August 2-4, 2017

Wisconsin Youth Water Stories Summit

The summit kicked off on the morning of August 2nd with participants coming from Escuela Verde and Urban Ecology Center, both located in Milwaukee; La Crosse Schools; Bayfield and Washburn Counties; and Northland College. Students collected data on transects of the Wisconsin River by canoe, exploring a riparian ecosystem through observation and data collection on Black Hawk Island, completed a low ropes course and measuring water quality of the Wisconsin River Watershed. On August 4th a symposium was held with a total of 7 presentations with all students given time to speak in front of the group. The data everyone collected was revealed and explored.

Read the full story here.

June 20, 2017

Bad River Reservation, Learning from the Land with DOTS

Youth from Bad River Reservation (near Ashland, WI) explored their local waterway on the Bad River. They were able to use DOTS digital tools to more closely investigate how recent flood events altered local fishing spots. They paid close attention to native versus invasive plant species and developed inquiry into how invasive plants can affect an ecosystem. Keep up the great monitoring efforts!

June 20, 2017

The Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation, Ashland WI

The research team at Upham Woods met with researchers from the Burke Center to observe and inquire about their water monitoring efforts. Water issues in the Chequamegon Bay include E. coli congregation affecting beach-going safety. The Burke Center uses a model to predict advisories and closures and collects data for numerous health and nature departments. See the full story here.

Project Information

Upham Woods and their partners have been awarded a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Education Local Grant Program (Grant no. EPA-00E02045). This grant will support two years of DOTS implementation with a focus on local water quality.

Collaborators in this project include:

  • Escuela Verde
  • Urban Ecology Center - Menomonee Valley Branch
  • The School District of La Crosse
  • The Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation of Northland College
  • Ashland and Bayfield County Extension

To learn more about our collaborators, check out the Partners and Collaborators page for bio sketches, pictures and updates on current projects.

For more information contact

Dr. Justin Hougham

Director, Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center