Water Shield Workshop


2018 will be the fifth year that the Adirondack Watershed Institute implements their very own Water Shield Workshop! Based off of the many floating classrooms nation-wide the Water Shield Workshop will work with school-aged children as well as the public to educate them about the watersheds they live in.

Our Water Shield Workshop

For our program specifically we will travel with our boat, the Water Shield, to the different lakes covered by our watershed stewards, rapid response team and plant monitoring team; to help the students make connections with the places they live in. The program will have 4 sections, which will come together to give a great overview of the place the program is being conducted at.  On land, students will partake in a "how to be a steward" activity where they will get to work with an actual watershed steward to identify Aquatic Invasive Plants or Animals, inspect different types of watercrafts, and set up educational displays. Also on land, students will learn how watersheds work by using a watershed model and then seeing what things around them can impact the watershed they live in. All of this, along with "The Incredible Journey" activity to help participants better understand the water cycle and the movement of water through our environment. Then it's all aboard the Water Shield, where students will learn how to test water quality and conduct plankton tows to see what's living just below the water's surface.  The hope of the Water Shield Workshop is to be able to create awareness about the importance of our water bodies and to instill the idea and action of stewardship for the natural environment.

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Water Shield Workshop
Adirondack Park

With globally unique wetlands, thousands of lakes and ponds, and over 30,000 miles of rivers and streams the aquatic resources of the Adirondack Park are extensive and diverse and provide a range of ecosystem services for both residents and visitors. There are multiple justifications for focusing resources on saving and protecting this special place from the environmental and socioeconomic threats to our aquatic resources. The justification is most clear from a socioeconomic perspective, as the Adirondack Park's aquatic resources help form the backbone of the regional economy. Visitors expend over $1.2 billion dollars annually and tourism provides employment for over 26,000 residents. Clean and abundant water is a main ingredient of the tourism package that attracts visitors to the Adirondack Park, as over 85 percent of visitors' desire waterside lodging and approximately 70 percent want to swim, fish, or boat while visiting the Adirondacks. The Adirondack Watershed Institute (AWI) of Paul Smith's College conducts work focused largely on conserving and protecting aquatic resources and thus AWI plays a critical role in protecting the environmental and socioeconomic vitality of the Adirondack region.

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The mission of the Adirondack Watershed Institute of Paul Smith's College is to create scientifically-sound knowledge about terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and human relationships with the environment, enhance the educational opportunities available for undergraduate students and to engage the Adirondack Community in ways that facilitate the stewardship of our natural resources.

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Paul Smith's College
P.O. Box 265, Paul Smiths, NY 12970-0244
Tel: 518-327-6213
Fax: 518-327-6369