Watershed Mapping – a Time Travel Adventure

Through the B-WET Upper Susquehanna Project, sponsored by a grant from NOAA, the New York Geographic Alliance is pleased to sponsor the Map Interpretation Workshop on April 26, 2018. This is full day professional development opportunity. There will be two parts. The first will be at the Museum of the Earth and the second will be at the Cayuga Nature Center. Both are near Ithaca, NY. In the morning, Susan Hoskins, Senior Extension Associate of the Cornell University's IRIS Program, will present topographic mapping and aerial imagery of the Finger Lakes Region. It will also feature a tour of the Museum of the Earth, one of the premier institutions on the History of Life anywhere. 

At noon, the participants will travel "up the lake" to the Cayuga Nature Center. Lunch will be served there, to be followed by outdoor activities along a creek. It will be led by Ingrid Zabel, Climate Change Specialist for the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI). We will be looking for signs of climate change, and she will demonstrate some stewardship activities that can be used in YOUR classroom. 



Registration is now open CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!  

A FLYER is also available!

For more information about the Watershed Mapping - a Time Travel Adventure, please contact Tim McDonnell, Coordinator of the New York Geographic Alliance. You can also call the NYGA Office at (585)-292-2398. Registration number are limited. Any teacher or informal educator working with students from Grades 5-12 are welcome to sign up. There is no fee! Food will be provided. 


Morning session at the Museum of the Earth

  • Hands-on activities, learn the basics of reading current and historic USGS topographic maps and aerial photographs of the watershed environments.
  • Identify map and aerial photograph resources for your geography.
  • Visit the Museum of the Earth exhibits focusing on environmental change over time.

Afternoon session at the Cayuga Nature Center

  • Catered lunch at the Cayuga Nature Center, Climate Change conversation.
  • Explore the watershed landscape on foot with a guided tour.
  • Try a hands-on climate change exercise.
  • Enhance your watershed literacy with exhibits at the Center.
  • Plan a map-centric watershed exploration for your students and your community landscape.
1259 Trumansburg Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850
Event Date: 
Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 5:00am