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In this activity students walk around outdoors and observe the wetlands they find. Observations will include types of plants and animals, types of soil, smells, and sounds that may be different from those they have experienced in places they might not consider to be a wetland. In a wooded area students look for signs that water has been there although it may be dry when they are there. They look for water marks on trees, debris and leaves caught in bushes or trees above ground level, leaf litter that is soft due to absorption of water from the ground, or plant leaves covered with a film of mud or silt as they try to identify one or more types of wetland. Students may collect and identify wetland plants and consult topographic maps of the wetland area.
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