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Watershed and Invasive Species Education Program
WISE is Addressing Emerging Issues through STEM and Stewardship
The West Coast Sea Grant WISE program is dedicated to helping teachers learn about emerging watershed issues, which can be used as tools to engage students in science learning and community action.
Now more than ever, watersheds are straining under the weight of emerging issues such as climate change, invasive species, and contaminants. The WISE program addresses this problem by 1) engaging teachers and classrooms in learning about the science of watersheds, and 2) supporting teachers and students to do community stewardship projects. Students have the opportunity to take action on a locally and globally important watershed need.
We offer teacher trainings, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Based curriculum, and on-going teacher engagment in a community for learning and teaching about emerging watershed issues. Since we started in 2007, we have trained over 70 teachers and have reached over 4,500 students that have completed over 50 stewardship projects.
Students and teachers have created a great variety of projects ranging from watershed restoration to awarness campaigns. Please check out the WISE Invasive Species 101 page to browse the many cool projects.
The WISE Program has had the honor of working with many outstanding teachers who led the way in implementing invasive species and watershed learning with their students. The following "Teacher Features" are interviews with WISE Mentor Teachers and highlight the vauable work they have done. THANK YOU TEACHERS.
- Heidi Lent, Warrenton Middle School Art and Math Teacher
- Julia Harvey, South Eugene High School Biology and NOAA Teacher at Sea
- Lisa Livelybrooks, Crow High School Science Teacher
- Brian Vollmer-Buhl, Mapleton High School Science Teacher
- Thea Hayes, Portland Public Schools Middle School Earth Science Teacher.
Tools for teaching
- The AIS Toolkit contains science curricula, learning actitivies and projects designed by teachers and their classrooms, available for you to share.
- Tsunami STEM Curriculum - a new curriculum using Ocean Science Systems as pathways to stimulate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning.
- The Trouble with Tunicates WISE students take on the invasive tunicate - Didemnum vexillum. April 8, 2013
- Defending the Marina A local group of boaters work to control Eurasian watermilfoil in Fern Ridge Lake. April 29, 2013
- WISE Teacher Julia Harvey has set sail. Julia Harvey gets ready for a summer as a NOAA Teacher at Sea. July 31, 2013
- Gobbling up the invaders An invasive species cook-off co-sponsored by the Oregon Invasive Species Council. August 19, 2013
- Comics and Crayfish Invasive species have once again made it into the newspapers, but this time in the comics section. September 3, 2013
- Teaching Tsunamis and Invasive Species Oregon State University has developed a new tsunami-related curriculum that integrates science, civil engineering and the role of people and communities to connect science-based lesson plans to the impacts of tsunamis, including actions that individuals and communities can take. October 28th, 2013.
Join the WISE Community
We welcome teachers, scientists, citizens, practitioners, and anyone intersted to join the WISE Community! WISE strives to cultivate a community for continuted learning about emerging watershed issues. Please join our e-mail list serve, like us on Facebook, or subsribe to our blog to learn about interesting and important topics, and share your expertise.
If you are interested in learning more about the WISE Program or an upcoming WISE Training, please contact WISE program coordinator Tania Siemens. Thank You.