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 students. Using technology, such as 360 degree cameras, the program will explore ways that watershed education can be immersive.
Explore this underwater photograph taken from video footage by institute participants!
Stormwater Runoff and the Chesapeake Bay
Stormwater 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.
Primary Goals and Objectives:
Systemic MWEE Implementation is prioritized with the goals of
Overall the project is anticipated to reach more than 1,100 students in grades 3-12 and 24 teachers.
For more information please email to
firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 814-472-3878.
Teachers from Bedford Area, Chestnut Ridge, Harmony Area, and Hollidaysburg Area school districts interested in participating in the 2020-2021 Watershed Institute can sign up here:
https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/8Uk5117nM6Lfca9AFP. Do not see your school listed? Contact us to see how we may be able to collaborate.
MWEE Promotional Video from Chesapeake Bay Program on Vimeo.
MWEE is an acronym for Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience
MWEEs are multi-stage, activities that include learning both outdoors and in the classroom, and aim to increase the environmental literacy of all participants.
For example: Learning the effect of water runoff in the Appalachian Mountains on marine life in the (may be approached from many angles: historical floods, statistics, testing of soil, topographic maps, pervious vs. impervious surfaces).
The NOAA Bay Watershed and Training program is an
environmental education program that promotes locally relevant, authentic
experiential learning focused on K–12 audiences.
is a national program serving seven areas of the country: California,
Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico, Hawai'i, New England, and the
our regional program
Learn more: https://www.noaa.gov/office-education/bwet
This program is open to teachers (grade 3 and above), staff, administration – anyone who is interested in environmental literacy.
This program is interdisciplinary. It is not limited to just science teachers - all disciplines are welcome to attend.
This unique program is currently only available to Bedford Area, Chestnut Ridge, Hollidaysburg Area, and Harmony school districts (and once the B-WET program has worked with a school district, it cannot do so again with this type of grant)
Watershed Institute and Workshops Tentative Schedule 2020-2021
Registration Now Open
*Other arrangements may have been made for some districts.
Learn about using immersive technology in watershed education and see more examples.
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