District Educators go to School

Education is at the heart of the District’s mission. Our Educators, Kat Munson and Jenna Martyn-Fisher, work year-round to bring clean water education to both students and adults throughout Cumberland County. Taking pride in providing the most up-to-date scientific information, the District provides all staff with the opportunity to attend workshops and trainings in their field. Kat and Jenna recently took advantage of two local workshops offered by Friends of Casco Bay and Project WET. A summary of the trainings is provided below.

A Changing Casco Bay – Friends of Casco Bay brought together educators of all levels to advance their knowledge of climate change and ocean acidification. The workshop focused specifically on Casco Bay and how it is being affected by these ongoing changes. Attendees were given multiple resources and walked through a variety of hands on activities to help demonstrate information both in and out of the classroom. The workshop was led by Friends of Casco Bay’s Associate Director, Mary Cerullo. We’re excited to incorporate some of the activities and messages into our Mudflat Mayhem lessons! (Check out our CONNECT Catalog for information about Mudflat Mayhem.)
Fun Fact: Ocean acidification has increased 30% since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.

Project WET Certification Training – Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is an internationally-recognized environmental education curriculum that focuses on water. Lynne Richard of the Lake Auburn Watershed Protection Commission provided the training at the Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm in Falmouth. Our educators were introduced to new lesson ideas and new ways to explain concepts we teach on a regular basis. Kat and Jenna are excited to take many of the Project WET activities and incorporate them into existing CONNECT programming to allow more flexibility between age groups. 
Fun Fact: Water molecules are polar, like a magnet, which attracts other molecules including harmful pollutants.

Check out our CONNECT Education page to learn more about our clean water education program. If you’re interested in working with our educators, please email CONNECT@cumberlandswcd.org.

Photo credit: Friends of Casco Bay