Environmental Education

The Watershed serves more than 10,000 children, teens and adults through more than 300 education programs and events each year for schools, community groups and the general public. Our programs aim to increase environmental literacy, build awareness of environmental issues, inspire empathy for the natural world, and promote environmental stewardship.

Environmental education has been one of the Watershed’s core programs since the 1980s. We believe that when people learn about nature, they are more likely to appreciate and care for it. Hundreds of thousands of children, teens, and adults have attended programs at the Watershed over the years. Many of them were inspired to make environmental science and conservation the focus of their education and even their career.

We work in partnership with schools to teach STEM curricula (science, technology, engineering and math) through an instructional model that is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). NGSS emphasizes scientific inquiry, hands-on learning and problem solving, with less focus on simple memorization of facts and terminology.

Watershed Nature Camp inspires an appreciation of the wonders of nature for children from Kindergarten through 9th grade. Our summer Watershed High School Academy engages students in addressing real-world environmental challenges. Adult education programs tap university and college professors to provide in-depth learning on natural history and other topics.

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