AWSM Program Details
Our Appalachian Watershed & Stream Monitors (AWSM) program uses a multi-tiered approach to watershed education.
Traditionally, this involves multiple points of contact. We begin with a parent and student meeting at your school where we present a slideshow to help prepare for the trip and answer any questions both groups may have.
Teachers then bring their class to the Spruce Knob Mountain Center for an Upstream Sampling and overnight residential wilderness experience. During this two day program, students participate in the assessment of a near-pristine stream in the Monongahela National Forest. Acting as citizen scientists, students collect and analyze data revolving around the biological, chemical, and physical attributes of the stream. This information is then shared with the WV Department of Environmental Protection and uploaded to the Save Our Streams volunteer assessment database. The program will end on the highest point in the state and Chesapeake Bay watershed, Spruce Knob, where students will put the experience into perspective through eagle eye views of the watershed below.
The second component of the AWSM program takes place in your community. We work with students to assess a Local Stream near their school and having already seen a near-pristine stream, the students will have a basis for comparison, while teachers will have two sets of data to incorporate back into the classroom.
Teachers are invited to join us from July 9th-11th 2018 for a Professional Development Workshop at our Spruce Knob Mountain Center. Learn techniques for implementing the AWSM program in your local school, work with professionals from the WV DEP, meet veteran teachers of the program, and earn continuing education credits.
While the ideal is for teachers to use all three of these components, they are welcome to participate in only one or two aspects of the program, depending on their own needs. Email Kellee Waddell for more information about our AWSM program: firstname.lastname@example.org
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