Watershed for Every Classroom

  • Watershed for Every Classroom
  • Watershed for Every Classroom
  • Watershed for Every Classroom

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we have made the decision to postpone Watershed for Every Classroom.

We encourage you to Submit an Interest Form and stay tuned for more information.

A Watershed for Every Classroom is a year-long, supported professional development program for K-12 and informal educators who teach 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. The Lake Champlain Basin Education Initiative consists of community partner 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.  

Watershed for Every Classroom (WEC) participants will explore how people, places, and things tell the stories of the Lake Champlain Basin and offer our students the opportunity to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of content, community engagement, and sense of place.  The stories of the Lake Champlain Basin offer multiple ways to teach all subjects; engage students in learning in their community; and provide a way to integrate content, service, and a sense of belonging to one’s home place.  Teams of two or more educators are encouraged to apply. Individuals are also welcome.   The year long program kicks off with a week-long summer gathering in mid- July and continues through out the  school year.   The program is most suited for educators working in grades 4-9, but is applicable to all subject areas and grades.


” Watershed for Every Classroom was super help about transforming how I think and transforming from a more theoretical way to a more concrete and experimental basis.  What I particularly appreciate about WEC was that it gave us the expereince that we would then want for our students” 

-Middle School Teacher, WEC 3


“Getting outside is the most important thing.  Nobody teaches you unless you go to something like WEC, and they get you outside.”

-High School and Community College Teacher, WEC 2


“The connection to place-based education was the biggest impact (of WEC).  Just making sure I bring everything back to place, making sure the kids understand the importance of where we are.”

-Middle School Teacher, WEC 7  


Watershed for Every Classroom 2021-2022 General Dates (Exact Dates and Locations to Come):

July 2021 - Five Day Program with Two Required Overnights

October 2021 - Two Day Program with One Required Overnight

January 2022 - One Day Program

March World Water Day - Evening Program

April 2022 - One Day Program

May 2022 - Two Day Program with One Required Overnight



Program Details:

  • Interested educators should complete the online interest form linked below.
  • All interetested educators will be contacted by a course faciliatator who provides more information and provides course registration and payment information.
  • 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.  
  • Interest forms are accepted on a rolling basis until June 1st or until program spaces fill (program capacity is 20 educators) .
  • The program is best suited for educators working with grades 4-9, but is applicable to all subject areas and grades.
  • The support of your administrator is important. You will be asked to provide a letter of support if accepted.
  • Teachers receive $100 for classroom resources and an opportunity to apply for an additional $200 mini-grant.
  • Six optional graduate credits are available for an additional fee from St. Michael’s College.

Participants should be willing to:

  • Participate in ALL sessions.
  • Complete readings and written reflections, and participate in collegial planning and dialogue.
  • Develop a watershed-based teaching unit that integrates the local landscape. The unit will meet the goals of your district’s curriculum. The unit will exemplify the best practices of place-based education and service learning; including visiting local sites with students outside of the classroom and engaging with community partners.

Program fees:

  • $500 program fee includes housing and meals for
  • Meals and overnight accommodation are provided for July, October, and May.
  • Six graduate credits are available through St Michael’s College at an additional cost.
  • Scholarships are available if accepted.

 Submit an Interest Form

“I don’t know much about this area.  I am not from this area.  So the opportunity to learn more about the backyard I have adopted was incredible.  I had no idea about the indigenous people, the land formation, and even how Lake Champlain was formed.  Being able to learn that was really important to me.”

-High School Teacher, WEC 7


“For me WEC had tremendous staying power… After I took the class, I was so reinvigorated to implement… I looked back at the stuff I had done and I reinvented some of it.  I used it.  It is so rich.”

-Middle School Teacher, WEC 5


“Just about every single one of my students went on to a two or four year college to study something related to environmental science.  WEC totally had a big impact on them.”

-High School and Vocational School Teacher, WEC 6


For questions or inquiries about Watershed for Every Classroom please contact Kerri McAllister: [email protected]