Hands-on Stream Science
Hands-on Stream Science in the Onondaga Creek Watershed
Attention Earth and Life Science teachers in grades 6-10! Join us for a one-day professional development workshop that delves into a newly created stream ecology curriculum rooted in the Onondaga Lake and Onondaga Creek Watersheds. Led by a team of educators and scientists from Onondaga Environmental Institute, we will introduce experiential and placed-based lessons that meet NYS Next Generation Science Learning Standards. We will explore the use of easy-to-make DIY watershed models and stream tables, as well as the value of field trips and local data sets to teach about stream health and morphology, biodiversity, data analysis and interpretation, human impacts on the environment, and solutions to mitigate those impacts at varying scales.
If you are looking to engage your students in place-based science that meets the Next Generation Science Standards, then this is the workshop for you! Teachers who attend will have access to the curriculum, curriculum kits containing everything needed to teach the lessons, and the confidence to do it. Following the workshop, participating teachers will have access to support for lesson adaptation and implementing field trips.
We will spend part of the day in the field exploring Onondaga Creek, so please dress for the weather and getting dirty! Bring a water bottle/coffee mug. Waders and hip boots will be provided for getting in the creek, but if you have your own wading gear and prefer to use it, please feel free to bring it along. Lunch will be on your own, but snacks, peer support, and good vibes will be provided free of charge!