Watershed Education Programs

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Edith Davey teaches students about fossils at the 3rd grade Watershed Days held at Onanda Park

Edith Davey teaches students about fossils at the 3rd grade Watershed Days held at Onanda Park

CLWA’s Watershed Education Program was created in 2007 to teach local students about the Canandaigua Lake Watershed and its great importance to our region.

The Watershed Education Program has become a mainstay for schools the within the Canandaigua Lake watershed and for the community at-large. In collaboration with teachers, our educators continue to fine-tune existing programs in order to meet changing curriculum standards and the needs of the students we teach. The goal is to provide the best possible educational experience for students to learn about the importance of  protecting water quality in the watershed.

Accomplishments from the 2014-2015 School Year:

  • Reached approximately 1,800 students in the Canandaigua, Naples and Marcus Whitman School Districts.
  • Provided classroom-based and hands on lessons for Canandaigua Pres-K 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th classes.
  • Held our 6th Annual Watershed Week with Naples Elementary School in which 3rd-5th grade students participated in hands on lessons to learn about our watershed.
  • Stream sampled at Naples Creek with Naples Homeschool Group.
  • Participated in Conservation Field Days organziaed by the Ontario County Soil and Water Conservation District.
  • Organized our 3rd Annual Canandaigua 3rd grade “Watershed Days” at Onanda Park. Twelve presenters sharing their expertise with students, teachers, and parent volunteers.
  • Spent 2 days on Flint Creek in Italy Valley with the Marcus Whitman Eco-School doing field-based water quality education.
  • Taught Pre-K and Kindergarten students at Canandaigua Montessori School about aquatic insects.
  • Continued a classroom-based lab for Canandaigua 6th grade science classes to learn about macroinvertebrates and how they are indicators of water quality.

CLWA and Watershed Education Program co-sponsor, Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council, are proud to be educating the next generation of watershed stewards.


Contact our program  educators, Sharon Radak and Beth Altemus.

Watershed Education Program is Co-Sponsored by:

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