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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services


Lakes provide a natural classroom where students can ask questions and find the answers with a little help from you, the teacher, and the Interactive Lake Ecology (ILE) program. With over 950 lakes, almost every town in New Hampshire has a lake allowing you to easily implement this hands-on curriculum. After introducing the concepts of lake ecology, a trip to the shore of local lake can provide the opportunity for the students to collect microscopic animals and plants with tools as simple as a plastic jar. Science education is much easier and enjoyable when students and teachers are engaged in learning at a New Hampshire lake.

Are you a teacher interested in lakes and ponds? Do your students want to know why lakes have so many different shapes, or why some lakes are deep and other lakes are shallow? Then you should try the Interactive Lake Ecology curriculum from NHDES!

The Interactive Lake Ecology (ILE) curriculum was first initiated in 1991. A Concord (NH) High School science teacher and NHDES biologists developed the curriculum to provide New Hampshire middle school students with information about lake ecology.

The curriculum includes student workbooks, teachers’ resource book and field guide all reflecting a general lake ecology curriculum.

Paper copies of the student workbooks are no longer available from NHDES. A limited supply of the teacher and field guides are available from NHDES. Electronic versions of all books are now available for no cost and can be printed as needed.

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