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 aquatic ecosystem connections 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 or over Zoom, where our educators provide lessons focusing on watershed ecology and benthic macroinvertebrates, for a total 45 to 90 minutes of learning. These lessons provide students with an essential understanding of watershed conservation, preparing them to become 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 (45-90 minutes)

Choose two or three, half-hour, in-class sessions take place at your school or over Zoom/Google Meet.


Topics include: 

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 a safe and accessible waterbody within walking distance from your school. Having a field site in your town allows students to develop a stronger sense of place and make hands-on discoveries in a familiar setting.  This fosters a sense of place and promotes self efficacy in students. 




Activities include: 



$450 per 30 students, includes the in-class lesson and one 2 1/2 hour field lesson. Financial assistance is available.

To learn more about these programsincluding exact pricing based on the number and size of classes at your school and scholarship informationplease contact Lauren Theis.