This course has been designed to support curriculum-writers, administrators, non-formal education providers, and other individuals who may provide leadership in implementing Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) for K-12 students in the IU-13 and IU-15 areas.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program funds locally relevant, authentic experiential learning for K-12 audiences through MWEEs—multi-stage activities that include learning both outdoors and in the classroom and aim to increase understanding and stewardship of watersheds and related ocean, coastal, riverine, and estuarine ecosystems. Participants in this course will learn the intricacies of designing MWEEs and applying for B-WET grants to support student investigation of environmental topics both locally and globally that are of interest to them, leveraging local STEM assets and STEM professionals. Additionally, participants will gain resources and materials to help students identify actions to address these issues and understand the value of those actions in protecting and restoring their local watershed and the greater Chesapeake Bay watershed.
This course will focus on developing teacher and administrator skills and knowledge of their local watershed as well as the practices of field-based environmental education. All participants will engage in hands-on, field-based investigations into subjects of natural history and ecology while issues of biodiversity, sustainability, and responsible management of natural resources are examined in the context of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Participants will use maps and charts to gain a place-based understanding of the region where work will take place.
Length & Location: 5 local investigation days.
Cost: No course fee.
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