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The Canandaigua Lake Watershed Education Program was created in 2007 to teach local students about the Canandaigua Lake watershed and its great importance to our region. The program aims to increase student awareness of water quality issues and empower them to become stewards of their watersheds through their daily actions. By introducing connections between human activity and watershed health, students gain a greater appreciation for their roles and responsibilities as citizens of a greater watershed community.

The Watershed Education Program has become a mainstay for the schools within the Canandaigua Lake watershed and for the community at-large.  From pre-schoolers to adults, the program involves hundreds of participants every year in hands-on, engaging classroom and field-based lessons.  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.

We are proud to have reached over 19,000 students since the program’s inception.  Each year we strive to find new avenues of outreach, so this number only continues to climb.  As a public service of the CLWA, the Education Program is free to schools and community organizations within the Canandaigua Lake watershed.  If your classroom or organization would like to take advantage of this valuable and unique community service, please don’t hesitate to contact lead educator Beth Altemus. 

We look forward to working with you!

About our Educators

Beth Altemus

Beth completed her undergraduate studies at both Wellesley and Smith Colleges, receiving a BA in Geology from Smith in 2002.  Since 2003 she has worked as an educator in various capacities, including leading wilderness trips for school students, managing a field based watershed education program, park interpretation and substitute teaching.  She has been thrilled to be a part of the CLWA Watershed Education Program since 2014.  Whenever possible, she loves to get outside and hike, ski, paddle, stomp in puddles and splash in gullies with her two young daughters!

Lindsey Ayers

The newest member of the watershed educational outreach team, Lindsey joined senior watershed educator Beth Altemus at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. Lindsey earned her Masters at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse.  She served as an intern at CLWA, and joined the staff as Administrative Assistant in 2019. She loves spending time with her beautiful daughter Ayana, husky Leo, husband Marcus, other family and friends. She loves to hike, travel, garden, kayak, practice yoga, camp, read, create, adventure, learn, and just enjoy life to the fullest.

The Watershed Education Program is Co-Sponsored by CLWA and the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council.