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Headwaters to Estuaries: Enhancing Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences with
Saint Francis University has partnered with teachers and
students in Bedford Area, Chestnut Ridge, Harmony Area, and
Hollidaysburg Area School Districts to provide meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEEs) using stormwater best management practices (BMPs) as an organizing
principle to engage elementary and middle-school students.
Stormwater Runoff and the Chesapeake Bay
runoff caries pollutants from the headwaters (where SFU and our partnering school districts are located) to the estuaries of the Chesapeake
Bay. It also causes flooding and erosive loss of land and structures.
Fortunately, scientists and engineers have developed highly effective ways of
mitigating stormwater runoff known collectively as stormwater best management
practices. In this project we use the stormwater BMP as an organizing
principle to engage middle school students in a very visual and critically
important environmental issue. Because stormwater is in everyone’s backyard,
students will have ready access to hands-on field work near their school and
because many stormwater BMPs are low-tech, students will be able to translate
their study directly into action projects that help improve the local
environment. Using technology, such as 360 degree cameras, the program will explore ways that watershed education can be immersive.
Primary Goals and Objectives:
MWEE Implementation is prioritized
with the goals of
the project is anticipated to reach 1,100 students in grades 3-10 and 24 teachers.
For more information please email to
firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 814-472-3878.
Teachers at Chestnut Ridge and Bedford School Districts interested in participating in the 2019 Summer Watershed Institute can sign up here: https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/zDcY2P49u11O687o
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