“Watershed Education for Future Community Leaders”
AWWA started off in 2006 with the mission of protecting local lakes and educating the people associated with those lakes. We developed a Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program that would complete both of those goals. The YCC program performs erosion control landscaping in the summer to protect local lakes from polluted runoff, educate homeowners on the importance of stormwater management, and, maybe most importantly, educate our YCC crew on the importance of being lake and watershed stewards.
After several years of installing BMPs, AWWA completed a watershed survey and published our Salmon Falls Headwater Lakes Watershed Management Plan that identified 5 “key action categories” that allowed us to move leaps and bounds ahead in the protection of and education on our local lakes.
One of those 5 key areas was centered on education and outreach where AWWA would work with seasonal and full-time residents to enhance the understanding of land use/water quality connections through school programs, lake associations, and community groups. Between 2006 and 2010 AWWA spent some time in the local schools doing hands on learning and educational activities. In November of 2011 AWWA’s Program Manager developed a series of modules, funded by the Dorr Foundation, to institute watershed based learning activities that could be brought and instituted in local schools at various times of the year.
The program was titled “Watershed Education for Future Community Leaders”. The modules have been brought to the Wakefield Paul School 6th, 7th, and 8th grades as well as the Acton Elementary School 4th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.
Click on the modules below to review the curriculum associated with the program. Please note that these modules were developed for these specific schools and grade levels but may be adjusted to fit into similar school programs and grade levels.