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Our Lakes, Streams, and Rivers

Experiential Education and Stewardship in the Lake Ontario Watershed

Waterfall on Keuka Outlet

The Our Lakes, Streams, and Rivers program is a NOAA funded initiative designed to provide middle and high school teachers professional development and connect them to the aquatic education resources we have in the Rochester and Finger Lakes Region. It supports the adoption of meaningful watershed education experiences in aquatic science and stewardship and help to empower our youth to make positive impacts on our environment and precious waters.

We are seeking to build a community of educators who are prepared to address some of our most pressing environmental issues.


The Program Includes:

Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience Training

Summer, 2022

Students working on the Environmental Education on the Erie Canal protocols on the Sam Patch boat.

Students working on the Environmental Education on the Erie Canal protocols on the Sam Patch boat.

Teacher professional development teaches you about the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEE) framework and how teachers can connect it to your curriculum. The training builds skills and knowledge to enable teachers to lead your class into the field to conduct aquatic scientific inquiry and stewardship.

The program is transitioning to a hybrid model, where an asynchronous online course, to be launched in late Spring 2022, will train teachers in the MWEE framework and partner-provided field trainings will connect teachers with skills and experiences needed to get classrooms to the water.

The Online Pedagogy Training Includes
  • MWEE framework and how to integrate meaningful field study and stewardship
  • How the MWEE can map to the Next Generation Science Standards
  • Mapping of classroom work to the Great Lakes Literacy Principles and Great Lakes Action Agenda
  • Connections to a wide variety of people, resources, and opportunities
  • Development of lesson plans to implement in the classroom and field
Field Experiences Can Include
Students performing stream water quality analyses.

Students performing stream water quality analyses.

Support for the Adoption of Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences

School Year

After training, the program supports teachers and their classroom MWEEs during the school year. Each classroom will be provided with:

  • Funding to support the costs of equipment, transportation, program participation, and/or stewardship action projects.
  • Mentoring from an experienced teaching coach and connections with other teachers to address challenges.
  • An additional stipend for teachers who successfully complete an MWEE that includes all defined components and required program and NOAA evaluations.

Questions

Please contact program director Michael Boller, Ph.D. with your questions about the program at mboller@sjfc.edu. In addition to being the program director, Dr. Boller serves on the Board of Directors of Genesee River Watch.

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Our Lakes, Streams, and Rivers: Experiential Education and Stewardship in the Lake Ontario Watershed is in partnership with the NOAA Great Lakes Bay Watershed Education & Training Program.