Educators invited to participate in multidisciplinary watershed workshop
Delaware Sea Grant (DESG) and the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) invite local educators to register for the 2015 Bay-to-Bay teacher professional development workshop, July 12-17.
The workshop is free, but seating is limited and registration is required. Applications are due by June 8.
Hosted by Chris Petrone, DESG marine education specialist, the week-long workshop begins at the Virden Conference Center on the University's Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes.
Participants will be introduced to general watershed content before beginning a five-day trek across the Delmarva Peninsula, where they will explore and learn about the Chesapeake and Delaware watersheds, ecosystem and social science through a variety of coordinated activities.
“Our goal is to educate teachers about our local watersheds, how we use them and their importance to the local economy and way of life,” Petrone said.
“Hands-on experiences and access to local resources will help participants learn new ways to teach watershed topics and integrate Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences into their classroom curriculum, all while building their own confidence in teaching these topics,” he added.
Planned stops include some of the peninsula’s best environmental education centers and out-of-the-ordinary sites, like a working farm and the Lewes wastewater treatment plant.
Participating teachers will earn 40 clock hours toward recertification. Lodging, meals and transportation during the week are included.
The workshop is supported by a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) environmental education program, and coordinated by DESG and CEOE.
Program partners include the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve, Maryland Environmental Service, Maryland Sea Grant, NOAA, The Nature Conservancy and Cape Henlopen State Park, among others.
About Delaware Sea Grant
The University of Delaware was designated as the nation’s ninth Sea Grant College in 1976 to promote the wise use, conservation and management of marine and coastal resources through high-quality research, education and outreach activities that serve the public and the environment.
UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment administers the program, which conducts research in priority areas ranging from aquaculture to coastal hazards.
Article by Karen B. Roberts
Published on UDaily May 26, 2015