JEFFERSON, Maine — For a decade the Damariscotta Lake Watershed Association has been offering environmental education programs for sixth graders who live in the watershed towns of Washington, Nobleboro and Jefferson. These programs teach students about erosion, water quality, plants, animals, stewardship, the watershed concept and more. Including time spent both in the classroom and outside, DLWA volunteers and staff strive to provide hands-on and interactive programs. Now DLWA is looking for volunteers to help continue these programs during the upcoming school year and beyond.
Every year DLWA evaluates its education program, and this past year the nonprofit surveyed Jeffersonâ€™s seventh and eighth graders to see what they remembered. Quite a bit, it turns out. Many of the middle school students could describe what a watershed is. â€śWe learned about water and what can happen to it,â€ť one student wrote. â€śWe walked around and saw plants, bugs and wildlife. And we learned about all the things we saw,â€ť wrote another student. â€śWe went on a boat and got to net planktonâ€¦We got to make our own T-shirtsâ€¦We got to learn about plants that did not belong in Damariscotta Lake (hydrilla), creatures that live in the lake, and more,â€ť another student wrote.
It is thanks to dedicated volunteers that DLWAâ€™s education programs are memorable and contribute to an ethic of stewardship in young people. Do you enjoy being around kids? No experience is necessary to join the committee. Experienced facilitators will teach you everything you need to know. The time commitment is flexible. If youâ€™re interested in volunteering, contact Julia McLeod at 549-3836 or Julia@dlwa.org.
Founded in 1966, the Damariscotta Lake Watershed Association is committed to enhancing the quality of life in and around Damariscotta Lake, assuring enjoyment for all of its natural and human residents. For more information, visit www.dlwa.org.
Contact Name: Julia McLeod
Telephone Number: (207)549-3836