Watershed Access Lab

Professional Development

Professional Development Opportunities

Watershed Access Lab provides a variety of professional development opportunities for educators, including workshops based on national acclaimed interdisciplinary environmental programs, trainings for our on-site module, “Does This Parking Lot Look Green to You?”, as well as trainings on various techniques used in water quality assessment.

To find dates and registration information for all of our upcoming professional development opportunities, visit the Center for the Advancement of STEM Education’s Teacher Page.

Semester Long Courses:

NSCI 521: Watersheds course at Bridgewater State University is a fall semester interdisciplinary course training teachers to use watershed assessment, water quality monitoring, and biomonitoring as tools in environmental education  promoting watershed stewardship.

Teachers participating in a project through NSCI 521 receive 4 graduate credits.

Nationally Recognized Professional Development Programs:

Project WET

Project WET is a hands-on workshop that focuses on global water issues. Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0, released in Sept.15, 2011, addresses both the most pressing contemporary water issues—such as water-related disasters, water foot-printing and water conservation—and classic water science topics like watersheds, and the chemistry of water. Guide 2.0 offers fun, interactive, science-based activities for students K -12 and is correlated with national standards including NAAEE as well as National Science Education Standards. Workshop participants will receive a copy of the guide along with access to the Discoverwater.org, an interactive web experience that teaches the various roles water plays. In Massachusetts, Project WET is sponsored by Bridgewater State University.

Project WILD & Project Aquatic WILD

Join us for this fun, hands-on workshop that focuses on both the Project WILD and Project Aquatic WILD activity guides. Project WILD/Aquatic WILD are interdisciplinary, conservation, and environmental education programs that emphasize wildlife, aquatic wildlife, aquatic ecosystems, people, and the environment.  The program guides contain over 140 activities for educators of youths in grades K-12 that are correlated to the NAAEE guidelines as well National Science Education Standards. Workshop participants will receive copies of each guide, access to the lending materials, and a certificate of completion. In Massachusetts, WILD and Aquatic WILD are sponsored by MassWildlife.

WOW! Wonders of Wetlands!

WOW! Wonders of Wetlands is a hands-on workshop that focuses on wetlands. We will explore the characteristics, functions, and the value of wetlands. Each topic will be illustrated with activities that educators can use with their classes. Each participant will receive a copy of WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands, a nationally acclaimed educators’ guide to wetland education. The WOW! educator’s curriculum guide includes over 50 hands-on activities for grades K-12 that are correlated to the National Science Education Standards. Workshop participants will receive a copy of the guide, access to the lending materials, and a certificate of completion. WOW is sponsored by Environmental Concern.

WOW! Wonders of Wetlands Environmental Literacy Correlations

Growing up WILD

Growing Up WILD is a hands-on workshop that focuses on environmental education in early childhood. The activity guide builds on a child’s sense of wonder about nature, and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, it provides a foundation for developing positive impressions about nature while also building lifelong social and cognitive skills. GUW is correlated to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards and the Head Start Domains. Workshop participants will receive a copy of the guide, access to the lending materials, and a certificate of completion. In Massachusetts, Growing Up WILD is sponsored by MassWildlife .

Environmental Experience for Early Childhood (PLT)

Join us for this creative, hands-on workshop that focuses on engaging children in outdoor play and appropriately aged activities. It is specifically designed for educators working with preK-aged students. The topics include exploring nature with all senses, forests through the seasons, and tree habitats. There is also an accompanying music CD that encourages children to sing, dance and get moving. The guide is correlated to national standards for preschool education by NAEYC, Head Start Domains, and NAAEE. Workshop participants will receive a copy of the guide, access to the lending materials, and a certificate of completion. In Massachusetts, PLT is sponsored by Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

On-Site Module Training

Does This Parking Lot Look Green to You?

Participants will learn about the impacts parking lots can have on natural water cycles and how the planning and installation of “Green” Parking lots, called Bio-Retention Systems, are different.

During the workshop, teachers will be given background information about the workings of the “green” parking lot as well as hydrology, water quality parameters, and color-metric assays. You will perform the student procedures and be given the information needed to effectively teach the lesson in your classroom. You will also learn how to perform similar measurements on your own parking lot.