Record Number of Junior Scientists Convene to Showcase Year-Long Work in RI

Friday, May 19, 2017

More than 700 elementary school students, teachers, and guests from twelve Rhode Island schools will gather at Goddard Park in Warwick for an environmental education conference to culminate the Narragansett Bay Commission’s (NBC) Watershed Explorers program. The event will be held on Friday, May 19, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The NBC Watershed Explorers program is an award-winning hands-on water quality monitoring program that educates students and teachers in and out of the classroom about the health of their local watershed areas. The goal of the NBC Watershed Explorers is to promote advocacy by helping participants to build a relationship with each component of their watershed.

Students from the Paul Cuffee School and Meeting Street School in Providence, Sarah Dyer Barnes Elementary School in Johnston, Anna McCabe Elementary School in Smithfield, Kent Heights Elementary School and Orlo Avenue in East Providence, Agnes Little Elementary School and St. Cecilia School in Pawtucket, Centredale Elementary in North Providence, Chester Barrows School in Cranston, Saylesville Elementary in Lincoln, and Ashton Elementary School in Cumberland all participated in the NBC Watershed Explorers program this year.

These twelve  schools will join NBC staff, and staff from Biomes Marine Biology Center, Save the Bay, the Aububon Society of Rhode Island, Roger William’s Park Zoo, the New England Aquarium, and the Woonasquatucket Watershed Council for a day of environmental education activities.

The day will begin by welcoming guest speaker, Abby Abrahamson, an ambassador from Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots National Youth Leadership Council. Ms. Abrahamson will discuss her work with Roots and Shoots, focusing on the importance of youth advocacy for the environment. After Ms. Abrahamson’s address, one group from each school will perform a song, skit, or rap about a local macroinvertebrate. The day will culminate with the young scientists participating in some fun and informative environmental education activities.

"The Watershed Explorers at Agnes Little Elementary School in Pawtucket have had an incredible year under the guide of Cynthia Morissette. The planned in-class activities and field trips helped them learn the importance of their watershed and how to make educated decisions regarding the environment and the wildlife within it." –Grade 3 Teachers Agnes Little Elementary

Heather Engstrom a grade 5 teacher at Chester Barrows Elementary in Cranston notes, “The NBC Watershed Explorers Program is a wonderful, hands-on learning experience for my 5th graders. They were able to showcase their talents in the many activities and projects throughout the year. This is a great addition to any science curriculum.”

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