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WOWing Communities with Environmental Education
Northeast Region, December 8, 2014
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The Watershed on Wheels: Student Conservation Association Intern Receiving Positive Feedback From A Visiting Family
The Watershed on Wheels: Student Conservation Association Intern Receiving Positive Feedback From A Visiting Family - Photo Credit: USFWS

The Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge’s Watershed on Wheels (W.O.W) Express program serves communities in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont within the Connecticut River Watershed.  The W.O.W environmental education program is a three-station, multi-sensory learning experience. Station 1) the mobile immersion trailer (museum) tour; displays five examples, of different habitats and animals one might see if walking through the watershed at twilight. Station 2) the Conte Case; uses mammal pelts and skulls to teach the importance of animal adaptations. Station 3) the River Table; demonstrates how the Connecticut River developed over time. The environmental education staff engage and teach students, campers and the public about the intricate dynamics of the Connecticut River Watershed. This program has existed for five years! As the 2014 season has come to an end, we would like to share some of the W.O.W’s accomplishments.

 

The travel season began in late March and was completed by the end October with the W.OW. Coordinator and Conte staff promoting outreach to communities within the Connecticut River Watershed. As a result, the W.O.W was completely booked for the 2014 season, appearing at 73 locations during 107 days on the road. The program has been customized to contribute to state educational standards for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades, and tailored to other grade levels as needed. Also, the program goes to overnight and day camps, fairs and festivals. This year alone W.O.W staff visited 33 schools, 20 camps, and 23 events. Thirty-four of those visits were in urban and 41 were in non-urban communities. The total number of people reached in schools and camps was 4,651, of which 4,106 were students. The total number of people reached in camps was 1,331, of which 1,182 were campers. The total number people reached through events was 9,046, of which 4,811 were youths and 4,235 were adults. The W.O.W staff interacted with over 15,000 people during the 2014 season.

As the 2015 campaign kicks off, the staff already have new innovative ideas on how to increase the number of people the W.O.W visits, especially in urban communities. With teamwork and hard work, the W.O.W staff has prepared for many more prosperous endeavors by engaging the public across the watershed one community at a time.


Contact Info: Tasha Daniels, 413-548-8002, tasha_daniels@fws.gov



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