The 5th grade students at Champion Middle School recently spent the day experiencing the outdoors at Swine Creek Reservation of the Geauga Parks. This annual field trip allows students to learn about different habitats for animals and plants thus reinforcing real life hands-on learning. One component of the trip allows students to determine the water quality of Swine Creek by utilizing expensive water monitoring equipment provided by the United States EPA. In addition to sampling the water oxygen levels, temperature, pH, and conductivity, students gather samples of macro-invertebrates to determine the type of life that lives in the stream. Mrs. Baxter's high school class helped students identify and catch living organisms in the stream while teaching students about invasive species. Swine Creek is a tributary of the Grand River which runs into Lake Erie. Field trips such as this support Ohio State learning content standards and help students understand the environment they live in.