A year-long, supported professional development program for interdisciplinary teams of K-12 teachers in the Lake Champlain Basin of New York, Vermont, and Quebec

The Watershed for Every Classroom Program is presented by the Champlain Basin Education Initiative, a community of organizations engaged in watershed education. Current partners include: The Lake Champlain Basin Program, Shelburne Farms, Lake Champlain Sea Grant, UVM Extension, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Lake Champlain Committee, and Community Sailing Center.  

Explore the stories of the Lake Champlain Basin as shared by its people, places, and things. Learn how these stories offer multiple ways to teach all subjects; engage students in learning in and about their community; and build their sense of belonging to their home place.

The program is best suited for educators working with grades 4-9, but is applicable to all subject areas and grades.

Save the date for our next session of A Watershed for Every Classroom, kicking off July 16–19, 2024. Express your interest to be notified when applications open.

Program Overview

The year long program kicks off with a multi-day summer gathering in July and continues to meet throughout the school year, and is typically offered every other year. 

Interest forms are accepted on a rolling basis. All interested educators will be contacted by a course facilitator who will provide more information, course registration, and payment information.

Teams of two or more educators are encouraged to apply. Individuals are also welcome. Priority will be given to teams of educators working together within the same school or district. Individual teachers are welcome to apply, however we have seen more success in implementation of new curricula through teams.

The support of your administrator is important. You will be asked to provide a letter of support if accepted.

Upon completion of the program, teachers will receive $100 for classroom resources and schools will receive $250 to implement place-based watershed curricula.


  • $400 covers all program costs, including overnight accommodations and meals.
  • Scholarships are available for the program. Please indicate scholarship interest on registration form.
  • Three graduate credits are available through Castleton University for an additional fee.

Participants should be willing to:

  • Participate in all scheduled sessions.
  • Complete readings, written reflections, and participate in collegial planning and dialogue.
  • Develop watershed-based teaching curricula that integrates the local landscape. Curricula will exemplify the best practices of place-based education, including visiting local sites with students and engaging with community partners.

View example syllabus

Start a conversation with Director of Professional Learning Jen Cirillo at jcirillo@shelburnefarms.org or 802-985-0315 to talk about our programs and available graduate credits. Or, complete our request for information form and someone will be in touch.