Statewide trainings help teachers bring stream monitoring to the classroom

Contact: Kris Stepenuck, kfstepenuck@wisc.edu, 608-265-3887

Madison, Wis–Building stream monitoring into the middle- or high-school curriculum is the goal of a series of teacher trainings hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Extension and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Water Action Volunteers Stream Monitoring Program.

The training sessions will show teachers around the state how the curriculum can be used and will include hands-on instruction in stream monitoring methods. The course contains in-class and field activities that will help students learn to measure stream health, understand how land use affects water quality, and share their results with the local community.

Dates and locations for trainings are:

–June 25, Maywood Environmental Park, Sheboygan

–July 25, Beaver Creek Citizen Science Center, Fall Creek

–July 30, Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, Ashland

–August 6, Navarino Nature Center, Shiocton

–August 14, Mazomanie Science Outreach Outpost, Mazomanie

Trainings will demonstrate how to conduct a half- to full-day field trip and how teachers can borrow (at no cost) sets of classroom equipment for the trips. All activities in the curriculum are aligned with Wisconsin Model Academic Standards.

The registration fee to attend a training is $12. In addition, teachers may register to receive one graduate credit to attend the course and implement the curriculum with their classes in the fall semester. The additional cost for those interested in the one credit option is $110. A registration form and additional information about the graduate credit option are available at: http://watermonitoring.uwex.edu/wav/events.html#teacher

All participating teachers attending will receive a copy of the curriculum, “Exploring Streams: A Stream Monitoring Curriculum Guide for Middle and High School Teachers and Students,” printing of which was sponsored in part by DNR’s Partnership Program.

To learn more about the Water Action Volunteers (WAV) program, visit http://watermonitoring.uwex.edu/wav/monitoring/index.html

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