Veolia, a French company that runs the water supply in Lambertville, has donated $25,000 to The Watershed Institute to bring STEM education, an understanding of watersheds, and an appreciation for the importance of clean water to the elementary grades at the Lambertville Public School.
The Watershed is excited about bringing our educational programs for teachers and students. Our plans call for six field trips – bookended by video discussions – to the Watershed for each of the grades in the 2023 school year. The curriculum, which follows the Next Generation Scientific Standards, dives into soil erosion, stormwater, climate change, and more.
Already, the Watershed brings STEM education to about 30 schools across the Garden State. A generous benefactor has issued a challenge grant that would allow us to expand our reach into 30 additional schools. Feel free to donate to our STEM fundraising efforts, which began on Friday. Our goal is to raise $20,000 and a generous foundation will match each donation up to $10,000. Your gift will be doubled! These funds would allow the Watershed to bring STEM programs into an additional 33 classrooms.
In Lambertville, the school’s Green Teams are working toward a Sustainable Jersey for Schools status where they receive specific guidance and resources to develop comprehensive sustainability efforts on water quality, energy audits, and more.
The Watershed also will assist Lambertville Public School by helping them become River-Friendly certified, which will give them points toward the Sustainable Jersey program. This will include sending a team to our River-Friendly Teacher Academy during the summer of 2023. The Lambertville school will consult with our River-Friendly coordinator on purchasing plants, tools, and other materials to create new ventures such as a rain garden, pollinator garden or another project.
We are working throughout the Garden State to bring clean, safe and healthy water to everyone.