Narragansett Bay Commission to Hold Watershed Conference at Goddard Park

Thursday, May 21, 2015

 

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Students, teachers, and guests from nine Rhode Island schools will gather at Warwick’s Goddard Park for an environmental education conference that wraps up the Narragansett Bay Commission’s year-long Woon Watershed Explorers (WWE) program on Friday May 22 from 10 to 1. 

The program, which has been integrated into various science curricula throughout the state for over ten years, brings students outside the traditional classroom setting. Students and teachers are brought into their local watersheds, with the intent that children and adults alike become stewards of the environment.

Participating Schools

This year, the schools that participated were the Paul Cuffee School and Meeting Street School in Providence, Sarah Dyer Barnes Elementary School in Johnston, Anna McCabe Elementary School in Smithfield, Kent Heights Elementary School in East Providence, Agnes Little Elementary School and St. Cecilia School in Pawtucket, Centredale Elementary in North Providence, and Ashton Elementary School in Cumberland 

Along with staff from the Biomes Marine Center, Save the Bay, Audubon Society of Rhode Island, Roger William’s Park Zoo and the New England Aquarium, all the schools will gather at Goddard Park for presentations, essay readings, and group activities. 

Stacy Gale, who is the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) specialist at the Paul Cuffee School, spoke to the importance of the  WWE program.

“I think the NBC WWE program benefits all of my students in a multitude of ways,” she said. “First, the program links place-based education with the Next Generation Science Standards. Students not only learn about watersheds, but they have the opportunity to study their watershed in an intimate way through water sampling, sight visits, bio-samples at their local river, and a tour of the Field's Point Waste Water treatment facility.

“These on site experiences combined with classroom instruction allow students to make connections between their own actions and the health of their watershed.”

 

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