The Watershed Project: Youth Conservation Leadership Workshop

Event details

  • Monday | July 27, 2020 to Thursday | July 30, 2020
  • All Day
  • Iowa Lakeside Laboratory 1838 IA-86 Milford, IA 51351
  • 515.294.7467

What is the Iowa 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 offered 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 this program is for students to engage with their communities to solve authentic problems in their watersheds, all while meeting state curriculum needs. 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’ve developed a more sustainable and affordable training option that includes both watershed management and PBL training for Iowa teachers. The future of water quality and flood management in Iowa lies with our youth.

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Workshop Topics

  • PBL implementation with watershed focus
  • PBL resources available to Iowa teachers
  • Iowa watershed resources
  • Comprehensive view of water issues in Iowa
  • Curriculum planning and exercises
  • Participant PBL implementation in the Great Lakes community
  • Local field trips and canoeing
  • Presentations from watershed professionals

Workshop Venue

The training will be piloted during the week of July 27-30, 2020 at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory. Housing and meals are included with the cost of registration. It is an amazing 147 acre campus that provides numerous natural ecosystems such as wetlands and prairie and is situated on West Okoboji Lake. The training will be provided by Iowa teachers who have attended PBL World and implemented The Watershed Project in their classrooms, supplemented by community-based experts in watershed management concepts. Workshop will be offered for relicensure and/or graduate credit.

Cancellation Policy

ISWEP will issue a full refund of your registration fee if we recieve notification three or more days prior to the training and a 50% refund if we recieve notification within three working days prior to the training. However, ISWEP will not issue a refund if there is no prior notification or for a no-show on the day of the event except in extenuating circumstances. Registration is transferable.