Welcome to the Watershed Access Lab at Bridgewater State University
Revised December 5, 2012

Upcoming Events:

Several Professional Development Workshop Opportunities:  Registration now OPEN - Register

Project WET:  Join us for this fun, hands-on workshop that focuses on global water issues.  Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0, released in Sept.15, 2011, addresses both the most pressing contemporary water issues—such as water-related disasters, water foot-printing and water conservation—and classic water science topics like watersheds and the chemistry of water.  Guide 2.0 offers fun, interactive, science-based activities for students K - 12 and is correlated with national standards including NAAEE as well as National Science Education Standards.  Workshop participants will receive a copy of the guide along with access to the Discoverwater.org, an interactive web experience that teaches tweens about the role of water.  In MA, Project WET is sponsored by Bridgewater State University’s Watershed Access Lab.

                Workshop open to educators, parents, caregivers, group leaders, etc
                Dates available: 
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
                Time:  9:00am – 3:00pm
                Location:  Watershed Access Lab at Bridgewater State University
                Workshop fee:  FREE (cost covered by grant funds)

Check the new Date:  Project WILD/Aquatic WILD:  Join us for this fun, hands-on workshop that focuses on both the Project WILD and Project Aquatic WILD activity guides. Project WILD/Aquatic WILD are interdisciplinary, conservative and environmental education programs that emphasize wildlife, aquatic wildlife, aquatic ecosystems, people and the environment.  Their program guides containing over 140 activities for educators of youths in grades K-12 that are correlated to the NAAEE guidelines as well National Science Education Standards..  Workshop participants will receive copies of each guide, access to the lending materials, and a certificate of completion.  In MA, WILD and Aquatic WILD are sponsored by MassWildlife.

                Workshop open to educators, parents, caregivers, group leaders, etc
                Dates available:   Monday, June 3, 2013
                Time:  9:00am – 3:00pm
                Location:  Watershed Access Lab at Bridgewater State University
                Workshop fee:  $30/ person to cover cost of guide and lending lab materials

WOW! Wonders of Wetlands:  Join us for this fun, hands-on workshop that focuses on wetlands.  We will explore the characteristics, the functions and the value of wetlands.  Each topic will be illustrated with activities that educators can use with their classes.  Each participant will receive a copy of WOW!:  The Wonders of Wetlands, a nationally acclaimed educators’ guide to wetland education.  The WOW educator’s curriculum guide includes over 50 hands-on activities for grades K-12 that are correlated to the National Science Education Standards.  Workshop participants will receive a copy of the guide, access to the lending materials, and a certificate of completion.  WOW is sponsored by Environmental Concern.

Growing Up WILD:  Join us for this fun, hands-on workshop that focuses on early childhood, environmental education.   The activity guide builds on a children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, it provides a foundation for developing positive impressions about nature while also building lifelong social and cognitive skills for students in PreK – 2.  GUW is correlated to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards and the Head Start Domains.  Workshop participants will receive a copy of the guide, access to the lending materials, and a certificate of completion.  In MA, Growing Up WILD is sponsored by MassWildlife.

Environmental Experience for Early Childhood (PLT):  Join us for this creative, hands-on workshop that focuses on engaging children in outdoor play and exploration through developmentally appropriate activities.  It is specifically designed for educators working with PreK age students.  The topics include exploring nature with all senses, forests through the seasons, and tree habitats.  There is also an accompanying music CD that encourages children to sing, dance and get moving.  The guide is correlated to national standards for preschool education by NAEYC, Head Start Domains, and NAAEE.  Workshop participants will receive a copy of the guide, access to the lending materials, and a certificate of completion.  In MA, PTL is sponsored by Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.
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To register for any of the programs above, click here.  If you have any questions, contact kmccoy@bridgew.edu

Events:

From May 22 - 25, 2012, the Watershed Access Lab at BSU co-hosted the Project WET National Conference

For presentation information from the event:  WET Conference

 

Watershed Access Lab held the 2011 - 2012 school year seminar in April

On April 25, 2012, WAL held its fifteenth annual spring seminar for the 2011-2012 school year.  This year, 9 teachers from 6 school participated in projects with over 200 of their students.  Kim McCoy made a brief presentation about the the history of the program and the achievements of many teachers and thousands of students throughout Southeastern Massachusetts.

                                       

Students from Gates Intermediate School in Scituate                                     Students from Randolph High School

Exciting News:  The Watershed Access Lab at Bridgewater State University is now a host institute for Project WET.

What is Project WET (Water Education for Teachers):  It is a nonprofit organization that has dedicated itself to the mission of reaching children, parents, teachers and community members of the world with water education.  Through this interdisciplinary environmental education program, formal and non-formal K-12 educators receive the training and materials necessary to promote awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of water resources to the decision makers of tomorrow.  For more information on Project WET, check out www.projectwet.org/ .

 

 

What is the Watershed Access Lab

Carver Pond, BridgewaterThe Executive Office of Energy and Environment highlights the importance of local community involvement in watershed stewardship and land use planning. The Bridgewater State University RiverNet Watershed Access Lab Project prepares "key educators" who assist their local community in developing watershed initiative projects. Teachers participating in the Watershed Access Lab Project learn principles in watershed assessment and train their students and community members through local watershed initiative assessment projects in Massachusetts.

Bridgewater State University plays a major role in advancing the concepts of Watershed Initiative through the RiverNet Watershed Access Lab. The Watershed Access Lab (WAL) provides state-of-the-art technology used in land use and water quality assessment to trained teachers for use with their student teams to conduct local watershed investigations. Teachers participating in the program are eligible to use equipment from the Watershed Access Lab to use in their schools to develop and conduct Watershed Projects.

This website showcases the work being done by the area high schools and middle schools and provides community members with information on efforts to protect regional watersheds. As this web site evolves, the projects completed in previous years are archived and remain available through the "Select a Topic" menu.

Course Information

Bridgewater State University offers a course titled, NSCI 521 Watersheds during the fall semester to train teachers on currentNemasket River, Middleboro technology used in watershed assessment.

Teachers participating in a project through the NSCI 521 watersheds course can receive 4 graduate credits.  This interdisciplinary course promotes watershed assessment as a tool in environmental education and watershed stewardship.

The WAL course and student projects emphasize hands on training in water quality assessment using computerized water quality monitoring, macroinvertebrates as bioindicators of river health and the use of ArcView GIS.

The project goal is to evaluate the land use impacts on water quality in the participating school district's community. The first year of the project involved teams of teachers from Apponequet High School, Middleboro High School, Middleboro Junior High, and Plymouth South High School.

Since our first project team in 1997, eighty-three teachers from over forty-five schools throughout Southeastern Massachusetts have participated in the program. New teams selected and trained each year can check out equipment from the Watershed Access Lab to use with their student teams to study their local watershed.

Town River, BridgewaterTeacher/student teams may schedule time in the Watershed Access Lab for detailed investigation during their school year and use the on site Arcview GIS Workstations to aid their study of land use impacts on water resources.

In the spring, following each team's project completion, the Watershed Access Lab Seminar takes place at the Moakley Center for Technological Applications at Bridgewater State University where school teams present the results of their watershed investigations.

Each year the NSCI 521 course is offered during fall semester, with enrollment limited to 10 teachers. Teachers interested in the WAL graduate course who have had some introductory background in biology, environmental sciences, or earth sciences will benefit most from this course.

Required background preparation includes one course in ecology or an equivalent course, and an additional course in either general chemistry, earth science, or geography.

Who to Contact

Area teachers interested in becoming part of this initiative are invited to apply for admission to the following graduate course:

NSCI 521:  Watersheds:  Stream Ecology, Water Quality and Land UseEbony Jewelwing

Contact Dr. Kevin Curry or Kim McCoy for details.

Kevin D. Curry, Ph.D.
Attn.: WAL Summer Course
Biology Department
Bridgewater State University
Bridgewater, MA 02325
KCURRY@BRIDGEW.EDU

Kim McCoy
Watershed Access Lab
Conant Science and Mathematic Center, Rm 267

Bridgewater State University
Bridgewater, MA 02325
KMCCOY@BRIDGEW.EDU
 

 

Funded by Raytheon Co., The National Science Foundation,
Massachusetts Board of Higher Education and Bridgewater State University

Site development by  Kim McCoy, and Dr. James Hayes-Bohanan
with assistance from BSC design and geography students.
Special design work by Nick Deschenes.

Send comments or suggestions about this web site to kmccoy@bridgew.edu