Friends School of Minnesota fifth and sixth grade students traveled to Red Wing, Minnesota to see a downstream section of our mighty Mississippi River and visit the public works. They are studying water and food systems through a year-long, interdisciplinary unit in science, math, humanities and the arts.

Friends School of Minnesota 5th and 6th graders travel downstream to learn about the Mississippi River near Red Wing, Minnesota.
Friends School of Minnesota 5th and 6th graders travel downstream to learn about the Mississippi River near Red Wing, Minnesota.

Students were generously invited by the City of Red Wing Department of Public Works to tour the storm water and waste water management facility. They viewed and discussed the complex systems involved in cleaning our water to a level safe enough to pour back into the river. They met engineers, city planners, and chemists who work as a team to solve ever-changing levels of input and contamination.

Friends School of Minnesota 5th and 6th graders learn about sewage treatment.
Friends School of Minnesota 5th and 6th graders learn about storm and waste water treatment.
Sewage smells!
Storm and waste water smells bad before it is treated!

See more environmental education 2012-13 projects and outings on Friends School of Minnesota’s website.