Grant Aimed to Promote Value of Natural Watersheds

Published on Tue, June 23, 2009

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection awarded a $9,800 grant to Marywood University that will be used to instruct and facilitate a five day Watershed Workshop for middle and high school teachers in Northeastern Pennsylvania today through June 26.

The Watershed Workshop is aimed at educating teachers about the ecology and value of natural watersheds. Jay P. Clymer III, Ph.D. associate professor of biology at Marywood University,

will engage ten teachers for five days of instruction, analysis, field ecology, and peer teaching. Exercises will be conducted at Marywood University (base center), the Willary Water Resource Center at Keystone College in LaPlume, the Lackawanna River, Lake Winola, and the Lackawanna Conservation Office.

Recruitment of participants was coordinated through the Northeast Intermediate Unit 19 (NEIU). Participants from several area school districts will receive Act 48 hours and information that can be used in their own curriculum. Districts sending representatives include: Abington Heights, Blue Ridge, Mountain View, North Pocono, Scranton, Wallenpaupack Area, and Wyoming Valley West