Two educators lead each 40 to 60-minute session as presenter and host using a video conference platform such as Zoom. Attending teachers participate as chaperones who observe and assist students as needed. Interactive technology tools may include Prezi, Jamboards, Google Earth, breakout sessions and participant polls.
Session 1: Community Building and Intro to Prince William Forest Park 40 to 60-minute live session
Students will meet NatureBridge educators and work as a group to establish community norms and guidelines. Students will engage in team-building activities that help to create a fun and safe learning space to share and interact for future lessons. Students will be introduced to Prince William Forest's geography, ecosystems and human history. They will also participate in a land acknowledgement of the traditional tribes of this park and students' home communities. Students will explore what a watershed is, as well as some of the challenges our watersheds face.
Session 2: Investigating Our Watershed 40 to 60-minute live session
Students will determine if Quantico Creek in Prince William Forest is healthy or unhealthy by conducting a habitat investigation. They will learn about macroinvertebrates and how they are bio-indicators of an ecosystem.
Session 3: Designing Sustainable Cities 40 to 60-minute live session
Students will explore solutions to clean up their watershed and create models of sustainable cities that incorporate elements to protect our watershed health and combat climate change.