We are pleased to announce a collaboration between the New York Geographic Alliance and the Elementary Science Program of Monroe 2 - Orleans BOCES to train teachers on watershed education. It will be held on Thursday November 14, 2013 at the ESP Center on 38 Turner Road in Spencerport, NY. It has been designed for teachers who are participating in the FLOWe Course, but we have room for other teachers to participate.
The FLOWe (Facilitating Learning through Outdoor Watersheds Education) Online Course began on October 16th. Teachers who are planning on receiving the Certificate of Completion need to work on four required modules and two optional ones. They must also attend a "face-to-face" workshop. This workshop will satisfy that requirement. (Another opportunity will be available in early 2014).
Watersheds are important for science and for social studies, too. We expect to cover a range of topics relating to both physical and human geography. This will be a six hour workshop (8:30 AM - 3:00 PM), where we will introduce important geographic concepts about watersheds. We intend for it to be very "hands-on" and practical. This will include water testing (nitrates, dissolved oxygen, etc.) with NY Geographic Alliance's Water Testing Kits. Teachers who complete the training are eligible to borrow them to use with their students. Those teachers who participate in the workshop will also receive a $100 stipend. Since this is on a school day, we can help you with the cost of a substitute teacher. Please let us know that you need this assistance when you register.
Online registration is now closed. If you are interested in attending this workshop, please email Tim McDonnell
This program is part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative funded by a grant from NOAA administered by National Geographic. However, you do not have to live in the Susquehanna Region to participate in this workshop. One of the topics that will be covered is using FieldScope, a user-friendly GIS site. Currently, it is operational for the Chesapeake and the Delaware Watersheds. There is a draft verion of the Great Lakes Watershed that will be available shortly for public use.
We hope to offer this workshop later in the year for those who cannot attend on Nov. 14th. If you need information contact Tim McDonnell, Coordinator of the NYGA, or call the office at (585)-292-2398.
Demonstrating a Watershed Model