The WaterShed Atlas Project
October through December, 2001

The Watershed Atlas Project is a ten-week inquiry-based, hands-on distance learning course in which students and teachers investigate their watershed in interdisciplinary, collaborative teams. 

During the course, students will work in interdisciplinary teams to: 

  • Identify and define the boundaries of their watershed 
  • Assemble a Steamer Trunk full of real artifacts that create a living profile of your watershed, and send it to a partner school.
  • Receive a Steamer Trunk in the mail, and like watershed detectives, deduce the location of their mystery partner school.
  • Create an electronic version of their Steamer Trunk 
  • Post the electronic portfolio in the online Rivers of Life Watershed Atlas Project. 
  • Create and implement an action plan for a local watershed improvement project 
  • Imagine carefully packing the most important resources related to your local watershed into a trunk, and  sending them around the world!  What would you want the world to know about your corner of the Earth?  What descriptive artifacts would you send?  The Rivers of Life Watershed Atlas Project takes you on a  journey of discovery through your watershed, and guides you as you tell the world about your home.  Once  you’ve completed your local Steamer Trunk, you’ll send the electronic portfolio to the staff at The Center  for Global Environmental Education, where it will become part of a cumulative Watershed Atlas,  posted online as a resource for your students, and students around the world. 

    Open your Steamer Trunk, and you’ll find compartments for science, math, literature, history, art, and  social studies.  As your interdisciplinary team of teachers forms to create a discovery plan, you’ll decide  which compartments to fill.  The Watershed Atlas Project is flexible, and adaptive to your individual  curriculum needs and interests.  As you study and become familiar with your watershed, you and your  students will develop, and implement a plan to improve, cleanup, beautify or protect your local area. 

    This project was piloted in the Fall of 1999.  If you are interested in learning more about the Watershed Atlas Project, contact us!

    Center for Global Environmental Education
    Hamline University Graduate School of Education
    1536 Hewitt Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104-1284
    Phone: 651-523-2480 Fax: 651-523-2987
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