- December 17, 2019
- 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
- Iowa State Lab Facility DMACC Campus 2240 DMACC Blvd. Ankeny, IA 50023 Conference room - south side of building
- Pat Sauer, Melissa MillerStaff members
What is the Watershed Project?
The Watershed Project is a training program for Iowa science teachers that integrates watershed management into Project Based Learning (PBL). This program is being developed in partnership with Iowa high school teachers and the Iowa Stormwater Education Partnership, Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, and the Iowa Water Center. The Watershed Project teaching framework was developed through a grant from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and successfully piloted at high schools in Davenport and Storm Lake. The goal of the training program is for students to engage with their communities to solve authentic problems in their watersheds.
In the pilot version of this program, teachers traveled to a weeklong training session at PBL World, hosted by the Buck Institute for Education in Napa, California. Rather than send Iowa teachers to California we’ll bring a more sustainable and affordable training option that includes both watershed management and PBL training for Iowa teachers.
The more our youth can learn today, the more informed decisions they can make on future water issues. This may also influence their career plans.
In order to keep registration fees reasonable for Iowa teachers, sponsorships are needed to help defray program costs. Costs include trainer fees, meals, vehicle rentals, and course supplies. Additional funding will provide several scholarships. This program would not be possible without local partners and sponsors. If your organization is interested in connecting to a local high school or you would like to make a financial contribution to the program, please visit our website listed for more information.