Data Sheets

To print data sheets, highlight the individual sheet you need and print.  


Data Sheet #1:  What is the river like at this location? (Physical traits)

site _______________________________________________

group/name_______________________________________ date ________________

Describe the following:

movement of the river _____________________________________________________

width of the river ___________________________________

temperature of water _______________   temperature of air _____________________

color and clarity of the water _______________________________________________

sounds the river makes ____________________________________________________

smells you notice_________________________________________________________

Is the river deep or shallow? _______________________________________________

How does the river bed look? _____sandy   ____muddy   ____cobbly  _____muddy ____other, explain_______________________________________________________

landforms surrounding the water: ___mountains  ___hills  ___flatland  ___marshland

___forest  ___fields ___other, explain _______________________________________


man-made structures:_____________________________________________________






Data Sheet #2:  What changes can you find at this loca­tion?

site ____________________________________________________________________

group/name______________________________________ date ___________________

Describe the following:

animals you see in the water ________________________________________________


animals you see near the water ______________________________________________


things that have been changed by weather (floods, wind, ice), animals (beavers, muskrats, mice, woodpeckers), or man (fire, trails, gardens, trees planted or cut)





signs of pollution_________________________________________________________


comments: ______________________________________________________________



Your group may collect a sample of leaves, rocks, and soil from each stop on the field trip. Take only one of each item sampled and use one bag for each site. Use the plastic jar to take a water sample for viewing later with microscopes. Remember to label the bag and jar with your name or team #, date, and the site name.

Data Sheet #3:  Draw this site in the space below.

site _________________________________________________________

group/ name ______________________________________date _______________

Data Sheet #4:  What animals live at this site?

site ___________________________________________________________ group/name_____________________________________ date __________________

What animals can you hear? ________________________________________________

What animals can you see? _________________________________________________

Be a detective! Look for signs that prove animals live here. Describe where you found each one:

nests __________________________________________________________________

webs __________________________________________________________________

cocoons ________________________________________________________________

burrows ________________________________________________________________

tree holes _______________________________________________________________

other marks on trees ______________________________________________________

trees cut by beavers_______________________________________________________

animal droppings _________________________________________________________

tracks  (What kind?) ______________________________________________________

other __________________________________________________________________

What animals probably live here? ____________________________________________


Data Sheet #5:  What trees can you find here?

site _______________________________________________________

group/name___________________________________ date __________________

Go to the wooded area and observe the different kinds of trees. Identify three different trees using a tree guidebook or adult to help you. Draw the pattern of their leaves or needles and make a sketch of each tree’s outline on the back of this sheet.                                                                                                                                                                          





leaf sketch


What kind of tree is the most common here? ___________________________________

Are the trees different heights? ________ Why or why not? _______________________


Has anything damaged trees that grow here? _____ What? ________________________

How can you tell? ________________________________________________________

Collect one of each different kind of leaf from the ground. Put the samples from one site in a Ziploc bag and label with your name or group #, date and site.

Data Sheet #6:  What are some of the small plants at this site?

site _______________________________________________

group/name________________________________ date __________

Choose a sunny spot and a shady area, and spend time there looking at some small plants that grow in each area. Use the wildflower and pod guides to help you identify them. Choose your favorite plant from each location and make sketches. Be sure to note the soil: color(s), amount of moisture, texture, and odors.

sun plant: name ________________ flower color ____________  odor? __________ Describe the soil:_______________________________________________________

shade plant: name ______________ flower color_____________ odor? __________

Describe the soil: _____________________________________________________

How are the plants different? _______________________________________________

How are they alike? _______________________________________________________

Which one is bigger? ______________________________________________________

Your group may collect the plant if there are at least 20 of the same kind in the area. You may collect pod samples or seed samples if there are any. Store them in a small Ziploc bag with your group # or name, date and site.


Data Sheet #7:  What fungi can you find at this site?

site _______________________________________________________________

group/name_________________________________ date __________________

Go to a damp, shady site and look for fungi. Fungi can grow on the ground or on the trunks of trees. Try to find as many different types of fungi as you can. Leave them where you find them. Describe at least one, including where it grows, and draw a picture of it. Don't forget to write down its color.

Data Sheet #8:  What were the results of your water experiments?

site ______________________________________________

group/name ________________________________ date _______________

List data from your experiment here. Collect data from the other teams and fill in the rest of your data sheet.

1.  TEMPERATURE TEAM:  List air and water temperatures in Fahrenheit and Celsius.









2.  DISSOLVED OXYGEN TEAM:  Remember, the colder the water is, the more free oxygen gas it can hold.

                             dissolved oxygen is ________parts per million (ppm)

3.  pH TEAM:     The pH reading at this site was ________________ .

                         Is the water here acidic or basic?________________

4.  CURRENT TEAM:  Remember that the distance and the time it takes your floating object to travel can help you find the rate or speed at which the current is moving. Distance divided by time equals the speed of the current. Your distance is 20 meters which is the length of the rope. Take 2 readings.



current: meters per second



The average speed of the current at this site is_________________.


                        Light can penetrate ________centimeters into the water at this site.


Data Sheet #9: What can you see in your water sample through the discovery scopes?



Draw 4 large circles to represent the discovery scope view and then draw what you see into the circles. Name the invertebrates as best you can.