Watershed Education Programs

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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.

education program2We 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 and the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council, 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 our educators, Beth Altemus and Becca Jensen at etowera@gmail.com. 

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 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!



Becca Jensen

The newest member of the watershed educational outreach team, Becca has joined Beth Altemus, senior watershed educator.  Becca has spent the last 15 years serving her community by providing educational programs and activities-many of them environmental–through both private and public organizations.  Becca possesses an environmental science degree from SUNY ESF and will support Beth as the two visit Canandaigua watershed students to promote lake stewardship through watershed science lessons, activities, and field study.


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

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