“Our River Our Responsibility
Water Quality in the Nanticoke River: What you Need to Know to Make a Difference”
There is a great need for environmental education efforts in the Nanticoke River watershed. This need is emphasized by the recent addition of the statewide Environmental Literacy graduation requirements. The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance serves a unique role in this area by providing education programs on water quality, watersheds, non-point source pollution, best management practices, connections with agriculture and the community, and more. The Alliance builds upon the organizations experience and successes by developing an environmental education program to reach both students and teachers. Our education program is a year long experience for students including in-classroom programs, outdoor educational experiences, and student-led action projects. The ultimate goal is to increase environmental literacy among the community, provide opportunities for hands-on outdoor education, and through this awareness, lead to an increase in environmental stewardship and citizen involvement and action.
Contact NWA Education Coordinator Evan Deckers (phone: 410-443-8878).
The NWA is leading a movement to raise awareness of pollutants in stormwater that wash into the Chesapeake Bay watershed. A restaurant placemat was created as a fun opportunity to learn about ways you can improve water quality, identify native species found in our waterways, and highlight local history here on the Delmarva. This placemat will be featured in local restaurants in Salisbury, Maryland and lower Delaware.
Educator Training Workshops
The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance offers professional development opportunities for teachers, non-formal educators and home-school parents that provide participants with an environmental education curriculum and other classroom resources. The curriculum taught focuses on watershed education and water conservation. Be part of our mailing list to be the first to hear when a workshop is being offered.
Enviroscape Watershed Model
The Enviroscape watershed model is used to teach students about watersheds, water quality, point and non point source pollution, and solutions. Please contact Education Coordinator Evan Deckers if you are interested in scheduling a presentation.
Outdoor Education Experiences
Currently, the Alliance works with 7th grade teachers in Wicomico County, Maryland and Sussex County, Delaware to provide their students with outdoor educational experiences to Trap Pond State Park, Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, or a water ecology field day on school property to create a deeper understanding of their environment. Students rotate between stations focusing on water conservation, soils, water quality, and wildlife. Children enjoy collecting water quality data, searching for macro invertebrates, and launching bottle rockets. If your school is part of the Nanticoke River watershed and interested in being part of our outdoor education experience please contact Education Coordinator Evan Deckers.
Student-Led Action Projects
Students are taking action in their schools and leading projects that will make a difference in their community. Action projects help create a sense of leadership, responsibility, and pride within the student body by encouraging environmental stewardship.
These projects include launching recycling campaigns in their school and organizing clean-ups to decrease litter waste. Storm drain art projects were created to raise awareness about storm water pollution that flows down your storm drains.
Large pollinator gardens are planted on school property to attract pollinators to assist with plant reproduction and maintain habitats. Pollinator species include bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, beetles, flies, birds, bats, and ants. These gardens provide a food source for our pollinators.
Stormwater projects include installing rain barrels and rain gardens to assist in decreasing runoff and increasing water conservation on school grounds. Other projects include planting vegetable gardens, initiating compost programs, and constructing an outdoor classroom. These action projects encourage students to address local environmental issues.