AWSM Program Details
Teachers are invited to 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 second component of the AWSM program takes place in your community. We come to your community to conduct a Local Sampling with your students in a stream near their school. The students can then compare the two samples and teachers will have two sets of data to incorporate back into the classroom.