Educator’s Toolkit

Heather Gracie teaching people how to identify trees in winterThere are a tremendous number of resources available to support educators who want to spark their students’ interest in environmental science. In addition to the programs we offer directly to teachers, parents and children in both formal and informal settings, we are always happy to offer suggestions to educators interested in customizing lesson plans to address issues and opportunities within the Raritan Headwaters region.

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Programs for School Groups

RHA offers outdoor educational programs for school groups of 10 to 150 students in all grade levels.

 

Youth Seeking Community Service Opportunities

Many hands make light work, and RHA welcomes volunteers of all ages to assist with our ongoing Stewardship Program. A variety of projects allow students to gain valuable hands-on experience and earn community service hours.

 

WaterWays Stewardship Program

Our WaterWays Stewardship Project is a science program that we bring to schools within the region. Our most comprehensive educational program, it combines classroom and field sessions to make learning fun and meaningful.

 

Americorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassador Program

The AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program is an environmental community service program administered by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. AmeriCorps members are assigned to watershed regions throughout the State to serve as “Watershed Ambassadors.”

The Raritan Headwaters Association has acted as a Host Agency for a Watershed Ambassador each year since the inception of the program, and we are happy to continue our partnership with this invaluable program! One of the primary activities of our Watershed Ambassador involves visits to schools and community organizations to share information and educate children and adults about water and watershed issues in New Jersey and to encourage them to become actively involved in protecting water supplies. These visits are usually free of charge and can be arranged by contacting our Watershed Ambassador via email at americorps@raritanheadwaters.org. Please note that Watershed Ambassadors typically serve terms that begin in late September and last through mid-July.

 

Online Resources

Here are some online resources that educators can use to find information on water quality and ideas for activities in the classroom!

Water Resources of the United States

EED News NJDEP

National Wildlife Federation Kid’s Page

EPA’s Environmental Education Site

Association for New Jersey Environmental Educators

U.S. EPA Go Green! Monthly Consumer Newsletter

Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Citizen Science

Project BudBurst 

World Water Day

World Water Monitoring Day

Water Footprint Calculator

NWF Great Outdoors Month

U.S. Forest Service’s Discover the Forest!

Nature Find

The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies North American Conservation Education Strategy: A Tool Kit for Achieving Excellence

 

Recommended Reading

Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv

Discovering the Naturalist Intelligence: Science in the Schoolyard by Jenna Glock, Susan Wertz, and Maggie Meyer

Sharing Nature with Children by Joseph Cornell

Childhood and Nature by David Sobel