Potomac Middle School sixth-graders visit the E.A.G.L.E.S. Center
Posted on 10/03/2019
Student  petting white cow

Potomac Middle School students visited the Eastern Area Grounds for Learning Environmental Science (EAGLES) Center, located next to Belmont Elementary School, to participate in a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE). The program is designed to teach sixth-graders about environmental stewardship and education about the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

Students learned the importance of how watersheds filter out pollutants and how to keep pollutants from reaching the Chesapeake Bay. An interactive activity demonstrated the teamwork required to manage wetlands.

Part of the MWEE lesson is to teach about agricultural pollutants such as chemicals and animal waste. The students learned that cow pastures need a riparian buffer. This buffer is a vegetative strip of land that sits between a pasture and a stream to filter out the pollutants and prevent them from reaching the water.

Becky Mullins, from Marshfield Holstein in Bealton, VA, brought some of her cows to serve as visual aides for the lesson, and give students who may have never seen a cow in person the opportunity to pet and interact with the cows. Mullins also answered student questions about cows and dairy farming.

Superintendent Dr. Steve Walts and young students from Belmont Elementary School were also invited to participate.