Water Management and Green Infrastructure
How can the design of our cities help or harm the health of our watersheds? Explore permeable surfaces, rain gardens and other rainwater capture and control methods throughout the Eden Hall Campus.
Test multiple ground surfaces, use topographical maps and green infrastructure simulators to look at how landscapes can be designed to prevent stormwater overflow, and identify different water capture design features on campus.
Green infrastructure approaches infiltrate, evapotranspirate or reuse stormwater, by using soils and vegetation rather than traditional conveyance and storage structures. Examine and compare green and grey infrastructure approaches to stormwater capture.
Wastewater Filtration Systems
What is combined sewer overflow (CSO) and why is it such a problem for Pittsburgh? Tour Eden Hall's onsite constructed wetland wastewater treatment system, which helps address both human and environmental health issues.
Step through a hands-on mock-up of our constructed wetland system to see the impact of each step on water quality.
Use a variety of materials to design your own wastewater treatment system as a group. How clean can you get your water?
Passive Solar Design
Before we consider renewable energy, letting in (or keeping out) light and heat through building design is the best way to conserve energy. Explore the concepts of passive solar design while touring Eden Hall's green buildings.
Measure the path of the sun at our latitude and estimate how many hours of sunlight we get in our green buildings at Eden Hall. How would you design a passive solar building?
Solar Thermal Design Challenge
What is the difference between a photovoltaic and solar thermal system? Tour the systems installed at Eden Hall while learning to identify each type.
Prototype your own design for a solar thermal system. How much can you raise the temperature of the water in your system?
Indoor Air Quality
How do decisions about the products we use impact human and environmental health? Sample indoor air quality data around the Eden Hall Campus' newer and older buildings as you tour some of the most interesting materials used in our buildings.
Indoor air quality is significantly impacted by our daily behaviors. Make predictions and test several home and school based scenarios with a Speck air quality monitor.
What does it take to grow fish and plants in a system together? Tour Eden Hall's aquaculture lab and vertical gardens while exploring the characteristics of a number of aquaponics and aquaculture systems installed at Eden Hall.
Work as a team to build a table-top aquaponics system using a disassembled kit and a completed system diagram.
Test samples of water from the aquaculture lab. Record results for temperature, Dissolved Oxygen, pH, Ammonia, Nitrates/Nitrites, Alkalinity, and Chlorine for Eden Hall's new citizen science database.
Integrated Pest Management
What do we consider pests and why? Become an agronomist as you explore crops around Eden Hall for signs of pests. Featuring reflections on the writing of Rachel Carson. Data collected contributes to Eden Hall's citizen science database.
Collect and photograph samples of insects and evidence of the damage they are causing around Eden Hall. Look at specimens under a microscope.
Using scientifically robust methodologies, collect data, sketches, photographs, samples and other observations to identify a pest problem at Eden Hall.
After a hike through Eden Hall's woodlands, apply knowledge of mushroom life cycle and ecology to mushroom farming. Data collected contributes to Eden Hall's citizen science database.
Experiment with different substrates to cultivate oyster mushrooms to take back to school. When you return to school, send us photographs through our website to keep us updated on your growth progress.
Search for and inventory wild mushrooms as you contribute to Eden Hall's ongoing biodiversity survey.
What are the impacts of the food choices we make? What does it mean to eat local or seasonal food? Try something new as you taste test produce growing on the Eden Hall Farm during a tour of the agricultural sites on campus.Grades 4-8
Design a food product that can be sold in the Dairy Barn Cafe using some of the flavors you just experienced. Add your product to a book of other community ideas, which could inspire the next food entrepreneur to reach out to you!
Get your hands in the dirt as you help our farmers with some of their work for the day. You might be mulching, weeding, harvesting, planting seeds or almost anything else. Availability varies by season.
Use ecological research methods to measure baseline or ongoing species diversity at the Eden Hall Campus. Data collected contributes to Eden Hall's citizen science database.
Watersheds & Macroinvertebrates
Macroinvertebrate organisms surveys and chemical tests both can help to indicate waterway health. Data collected contributes to Eden Hall's citizen science database.
Conduct a macroinvertebrate study in one or both of the two creeks on campus. Determine whether or not the stream is healthy using a Pollution Tolerance Index.
Conduct a macroinvertebrate study in a specific microhabitat in one or both of the two creeks on campus. Compare and contrast the different microhabitats and the health of each one.
Join the treasure hunt with a GPS. Find hidden caches at Eden Hall and sign each logbook.