THE DAYS AHEAD
Here is a quick timeline of upcoming events
January: In-class water testing/students begin to research macro invertebrate
February: Macro invertebrate lessons, if time allows, students will be given the last 10 minutes of the lesson to get together with their macro invertebrate group to begin discussing poster creation
March: If needed, students will be given the lesson time to work on their macro invertebrate posters, if they are already done, a lesson will be provided
April: PRESENTATIONS: Each macro invertebrate group will present their poster to the class
April/May: Macro invertebrate discovery field trips for all Watershed Explorers
May 20th: NBC Watershed Explorer Conference with fun activities and presentations for all participating schools
Happy New Year Watershed Explorers
JUST A THOUGHT
As we embark on 2020, let us all remember these outstanding words from an even more outstanding woman, Dr. Jane Goodall, "You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." As the NBC Watershed Explorer Coordinator, I work as hard as I can each day to make positive impacts on our world. The best part about my work is that I am continually inspired to make such positive differences by all of the amazing Watershed Explorers that I see each day. I appreciate each and every one of you and I thank you for keeping me focused on the important work that we each have to do to keep our Earth thriving.
Much Ado About Gloving
Each year the NBC Watershed Explorers Program uses over 6,400 gloves. The gloves are important, because they keep explorer hands safe from toxins and bacteria that may be present during water testing experiments. The problem is that used gloves have to be discarded. This was really making Mrs. Morissette CRAZY, so she decided to research glove recycling programs!
Enter Terra Cycle and it's Zero Waste boxes. Many hard to recycle materials can be collected in these special boxes and sent to Terra Cycle for repurposing. Now the Watershed Explorer gloves will be collected, boxed, sent to Terra Cycle, and made into some really neat products such as playground equipment and patio furniture. Please take a minute to check out Terra Cycle using the link below and even sign up for some free recycling programs that Explorers can even participate in!
A huge watershed thank you to my wonderful friends Eamon from Woodridge Elementary and Audrey and Mya from Agnes Little for these wonderful drawings. These mean so much to me and remind me why I love my work. All of the watershed explorers are special and I am so proud of the work that each of you has accomplished in just a short amount of time!
LAST YEAR'S EXPLORER CONFERENCE
A very heartfelt thank you to all of the students, teachers, chaperons, and NBC staff who made this year's Watershed Explorers Program a monumental success. It was an absolute pleasure working with each and every one of you and seeing the growth in your understanding of how to make this Earth a better place for all. I am beyond proud and hope that you will share your knowledge with others. Keep exploring this summer and for years to come!!!