The Potomac Highlands Watershed School 

Stream Cleaner Environmental Forum 2007

Activity Information and Sign-up Sheet

“This was great!  
This was the hardest school work that I have done in my whole life.”  
2005 Student Environmental Forum Participant

Dear Chesapeake Bay Tributary Teams, Watershed Associations, Educators, and Friends;

The Chesapeake Bay is a national treasure but, after years of pollution, it is in trouble.  The Bay States (DE, MD, NY, PA, VA, WV), Washington D.C. and the USEPA are all working together to help clean up the BayThey all agree that broad-based education and community outreach are a priority in achieving the public awareness and personal involvement needed to restore both the Bay and local rivers and streams.

Cacapon Institute is currently enrolling high school classes throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed in the Potomac Highlands Watershed School's 2nd Annual Stream Cleaner Environmental Forum (SCE Forum) Students participating in the Forum:

  • Explore the science and challenges of non point source pollution in the context of the Chesapeake Bay Program's tributary team effort,

  • Roll play as stakeholders (such as farmers, fishermen, developers), develop stakeholder point of view (POV) position papers, and post them on the web,

  • Challenge stakeholder positions within their class and across the internet,

  • Seek socially and environmentally acceptable solutions to this complex environmental problem through a stakeholder consensus process within their classroom that results in Final Consensus Plans that balance the needs of all stakeholder groups and are posted to the web.

  • New for this year’s SCE Forum: participating schools will have a chance to receive technical and financial support to design and implement their own real-world best management practice projects as demonstrations of watershed stewardship and as long-term living classrooms.    

Cacapon Institute’s internet-based Environmental Forums provide an opportunity for high school teachers to challenge students to think deeply about complex issues that are relevant to their lives and to their community (and to educational content requirements!) – and to challenge their peers across the internet to do the same.  When everything clicks, the result can be electrifying: 

“I was shocked and amazed to observe the strong stances that many of my students took on their points of views…The most rewarding experience for me was the students’ response at the end of consensus work.  All the students leaned back in their chairs and collapsed with a sense of satisfied accomplishment.” 
Sharon Harman, Ph.D., Petersburg H.S., West Virginia

The SCE Forum provides an opportunity for tributary teams, watershed groups, and environmental educators to engage their local schools in the challenge of cleaning up the Bay and its tributaries.  We encourage interested parties to recruit classes and act as mentors on the importance of good stewardship.  Because we are providing technical and financial support for selected classes to design and implement best management practice demonstration projects this could mean real-world resources for a BMP installation in your watershed!

 

You can see how past Forums played out by clicking on the telephone in the High School classroom.  Download a 2-page flyer (250 KB PDF) about the SCE Forum here.  If you need more information you can contact Cacapon Institute by email here or give us a call at (304)856-1385.

 

Sign Up Now For The Spring 2007 Stream Cleaner Environmental Forum!

March 5th through March 23rd*

 

* We strongly encourage teachers to incorporate Forum content into their lessons well before the Forum "officially" begins on March 5th.  Students will benefit from advance exposure to key subject matter found on the Forum's home page.

 

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When you talk about pollution that impacts the Chesapeake Bay, or really any body of water, watersheds matter much more than political boundaries.  Eight major sub-watersheds deliver water to the Bay.  Do you know which one you live in?  

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If you have trouble using this form, you can email your registration to Cacapon Institute.

The Potomac Highlands Watershed School is supported by the MARPAT Foundation, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Spring Creek Foundation, the USEPA, and the members of Cacapon Institute.

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W. Neil Gillies, Executive Director
Frank Rodgers, Education/Outreach