2015 St. Maries Snow Science Field Trip at Lookout Pass

St. Maries  High School  students from Mrs. Kreider’s Biology class embarked on a full day of Snow Science data collection at Lookout Pass Ski Resort.  During the field trip, the student’s snow shoed all over the ski resort to visit the local SNOTEL site and dig multiple snow pits in order to determine the snow water equivalency (SWE) of the current snow pack at Lookout Pass.  Following the field trip, the students returned back to the classroom and extrapolated this data over the entire Coeur d’Alene Watershed in order to estimate the availability of fresh water from annual snowpack.   The overall goal of this field trip and Snow Science Curriculum is to teach students about water quantity in the form of annual snow pack and its impact on the State of Idaho’s fresh water resources.

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