2017 will be the fourth year that the Adirondack Watershed Institute implements our 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. 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. 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. 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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