May. 1, 2019
Watershed Wonders with Middle School Students at Camp Biota
Being Mexican-American made this a particularly meaningful experience for me. It was a lot of fun to work with the students and share a bit about my background and passion for improving freshwater resources through my job at the Washington Water Trust. Even the seemingly shy students came alive during the activities and demonstrated an interest and curiosity in the topics we covered.
The highlight of the day was the Watershed Wonders activity, where the students were given the challenging task of role-playing different stakeholders in the process of developing a project for a given land area within a watershed. There was great back-and-forth discussion amongst them as they tried to strike a balance between the economic, social, and environmental impacts of the development project. The leadership they demonstrated as well as their ability to think quickly and incorporate many of the concepts they had learned throughout the week was excellent. You know an educational program has been successful when you have 12 year-olds passionately discussing how they will manage hypothetical waste and mitigate road contamination with a wider vegetative area!
It was a great event to be a part of and we look forward to participating next year.