On December 10 and 11 we went to Can Julià, a historic local farmhouse which is now the River Interpretation Center. We met two guides, Laia nd Marina. First of all, we went to the 2nd floor to play a giant board game. The board was a river, our river: the Llobregat river. There were the middle and lower course parts of the river and the river mouth. We scored points depending on the cards we had to read on each square. We scored points if we read about positive actions for the river, such as repopulating it with native fauna. We did not score any points if we read about negative actions, such as polluting the river with toxic waste from factories.
After the break we went downstairs and the guides told us about the exhibition panels: Llobregat river is 170km long, its spring is in Castellar de n’Hug, there are stones (sediments) which can filter water but others can’t, etc.
The last part was the funniest: experimenting. We looked into microorganisms using a scientific magnifying glass, we played with jigsaw puzzles to learn about the river flora and fauna, we experimented with water and sediments to see which rocks and stones filtered water, and we also created a delta with sand and water.
Finally, we played tag outdoors. There were 2 teams: the true team and the false team. The guide said something about what we had learned about the river and if it was true, teh true team had to catch someone from the false team; and the other way round if what the guide said was false.
Unfortunately, because of the recent rainfall, we could not go to the river for field research, but we are going in spring.