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On-Water Ecology: using a seine net

For Teachers: On-Water Ecology Teacher Training Workshops

The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is offering an On-Water Ecology Professional Development Program that will provide field training to educators looking to expand their biological/ecological curriculum outside of the classroom. This is funded in part by NOAA's Bay Watershed Education and Training program (B-WET). Teachers will be trained in science-based methods, experiments and activities that will focus on the unique watersheds of the Champlain Basin. The aim of the program is to give teachers in Addison and Chittenden Counties, grades 4-12, the skills to create meaningful, place-based educational experiences for students. Workshops are free of charge, and program materials and lunch will be provided. Space is limited to 20 participants per workshop; contact LCMM Paddling Ecology Coordinator Ben Mayock: 802-475-2022.

Addison County Teachers workshop - October 3, 2014 (Free of charge)

Chittenden County Teachers workshop - October 10, 2014 (Free of charge)

Info & Registration: Ben Mayock, 802-475-2022


About These Teacher Training Workshops

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is the first Vermont recipient of a grant from New England B-WET. “B-WET” stands for “New England Bay Watershed Education and Training.” The Fisheries Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded B-WET grants to support nine educational projects in New England to provide hands-on learning experiences for K-12 students to foster greater understanding of and connection to local watersheds.

On-Water Ecology: using a secchi disc
On-Water Ecology participants use a secchi disk to measure water clarity.

“Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is honored to be New England B-WET’s first Vermont grant recipient," said Erick Tichonuk, LCMM’s Executive Director. “The grant will enable us to
offer professional development training in our On-Water Ecology Program to Champlain Basin teachers, providing them with new methods to engage students in math, science, ecology, and technology concepts using local watersheds as their classrooms.  Teachers will learn the skills and knowledge that will enable them to conduct outdoor watershed experiences themselves, and perform experiments and data collection that will complement their own classroom-based curriculum.”

Thanks to B-WET grant funds, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum will offer On-Water Ecology workshops to 4th through 12th grade teachers in Vermont.

The workshops will allow up to 100 teachers to create place-based environmental educational experiences focusing on the unique features of Lake Champlain watersheds within their local areas. Participating teachers will be trained in scientific recording and measurement methods involved in examining a watershed, and in approaches for conducting experiments and activities. These hands-on experiences will highlight the different ecological makeup and specific needs of each watershed, and enable the teachers to transform what they learn into meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEEs) that may be integrated into their classroom curriculum. Teachers will receive lesson plans and resources on how to help students practice observation, record their findings, and perform experiments designed to assess the health and quality of Lake Champlain watersheds, and how to develop age-appropriate activities and skills-based learning experiences. Program staff will provide support to teachers during the MWEEs they offer to their classes through phone and Skype contact, and in person at the Museum’s Basin Harbor campus. Up to 400 students per year may be reached.

“The selection process was pretty tough,” said John Bullard, Northeast Regional Administrator for NOAA. Nearly every application was outstanding, with great projects proposed by talented watershed and marine educators. The new projects ultimately selected provide a variety of wonderful ways to help students see how math and science can be used in real-world experiences that might further the stewardship of valuable watershed ecosystems – and possibly inspire a few future scientists.” This year’s awards are distributed across five New England States, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. The B-WET program is an environmental education program that promotes locally relevant, experiential learning for students K-12.

Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET)

NOAA's B-WET program is an environmental education program that promotes locally relevant, experiential learning in the K-12 environment. The delivery of B-WET occurs primarily through competitive funding that promotes Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs). The program is national in scope with 7 regional programs: California, Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, New England, and the Pacific Northwest.

Info & Registration: Ben Mayock, 802-475-2022