Swamps and Such

Swamps and Such is a series of video learning modules explaining the structure and functions of ecosystems and how ecosystems change over time. Geared to students in grades 7 to 10, the series details how wetlands serve as nature’s kidneys and nature’s supermarket.

It was developed in collaboration with The Ohio State University Olentangy River Wetlands and Research Park in Columbus, and was videotaped entirely at the Olentangy Wetlands.

Videos in This Series

The Functions of Wetlands

Wetlands can do and be many things, including: reduce flooding, filter pollutants, be incredibly productive, and act as a nature preserve

Food Chain and Food Web of Wetlands

Energy is transferred from the sun, plants, and animals. The food web in a wetland offers many choices for animals.

Effects of Flooding in a Wetland

Bottomland hardwood forests, or swamps, receive most of its water from river floods, which effects what types of plants can grow in them.

Active and Passive Processes of Wetlands

Sedimentation is a passive process for removing substances. Biogeochemical functions are active processes.

Biochemistry of Wetlands

The amount of nitrogen in rivers has increased over the years, but wetlands can filter out some of it