Watershed Education

Watershed Education

RiverLink K-12 Watershed Education hit the ground running with the start of the new school year!

In September, we reached 321 fourth and fifth grade students at the annual Toes in the Toe event, organized by the Toe River Watershed Partnership. Standing next to the beautiful Toe River in Mitchell and Yancey Counties, students contemplated how they use water and wholeheartedly agreed with the need to keep it clean. Together the students located themselves on a map of North Carolina’s water basins and learned that a watershed is not a big shed where we store water.
Using the EnviroScape 3D watershed model, they considered their experiences living in the French Broad Watershed and watched as rain washed the “sediment” and other “pollution” down into the largest body of water. Some let their flair for the dramatic shine through as they thought about the fate of the rubber ducky placed on the model to represent aquatic life. Finally, they gleefully placed trees on the model to restore the watershed.  One student best summed the lessons by saying that we should think of the term “watershed” in terms of needing to protect our water as a shed would protect our belongings.
RiverLink will continue reaching hundreds more K-12 students with Kids in the Creek, more Enviroscape, and a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) lesson in keeping a field notebook. Contact Micaela Hyams at education@riverlink.org to find out more about RiverLink’s Watershed Education Program.