On September 16, East Meadows 3rd graders explored Salem Pond, a local wetland. Parents and teachers guided them through various activities. Students learned that there are many habitats within a wetland. They observed plants and animals living in the marsh. They looked for signs of pollution, talked about ways to help protect the environment and gathered up trash found in the area. Many students enjoyed collecting water samples in specimen cups and observing living organisms through a microscope lens. Pictured here are 3rd graders with nets and materials on hand ready to get to work and explore.