The WaterWays program fosters students’ appreciation for the natural world, from the tiniest “bug” in the bottom of their neighborhood stream to the larger ecosystem supported by the watershed in which they live. Connecting kids to the natural world, the program provides them with the real-life experience of discovering “hidden” aquatic life while conducting field observations and experiments. From these, students can make scientific observations directly related to their communities. The classroom and field experiences promote a sense of stewardship for the environment and an understanding of the ways that human behavior can harm or help natural systems.
For more information, contact Director of Education, Lauren Theis
WaterWays consists of two days of learning. The first day takes place in your classroom, where our educators provide a series of lessons focusing on watersheds, groundwater and benthic macroinvertebrates. Each mini-lesson lasts 30 minutes, for a total of 90 minutes per class. These lessons provide students with an essential understanding of watershed conservation, preparing them for becoming citizen scientists during the second day of learning, the River Trip! See below for more detailed information about each of these program segments.
The In-Class Lessons (90 minutes)
Three, half-hour, in-class sessions take place at your school.
Helping the Climate
The River Trip (2 1/2 hours)
Our team will help you scout out an appropriate stream, river or pond near your school to serve as your class’s WaterWays field site. Busing to the site may be required, but often we can find one within walking distance. Having a field site in your town allows students to develop a stronger sense of place and make amazing, hands-on discoveries in a familiar setting. This fosters a sense of stewardship in students.
$395 per 30 students, includes one 1 1/2 hour in-class lesson and one 2 1/2 hour field lesson. Financial assistance is available.
To learn more about these programs—including exact pricing based on the number and size of classes at your school, and scholarship information, please contact Lauren Theis.