From the Classroom

1st Annual Watershed Classroom Showcase

Community members, educators, and students gathered in the multipurpose room at Petaluma High School on Wednesday May 11 to witness and celebrate a successful year of watershed education. Seats were packed and despite a few minor technical difficulties, the Friends of the Petaluma River’s 1st Annual Watershed Classroom Showcase was a great success!

 Students Samantha Bowles, Molly Cubba, Daniel Navarro, and Katelin Lucine presenting on Petaluma's most prominent historical figures.

Students Samantha Bowles, Molly Cubba, Daniel Navarro, and Katelin Lucine presenting on Petaluma's most prominent historical figures.

After brief introductions and a video address from Rep. Jared Huffman, nine groups of students from both elementary and high school presented the projects they have been working on over the course of the school year. Using a variety of electronic media forms, student presenters explained to attendees what they had been doing, what they learned, and how the work had impacted their interactions with the Petaluma River and Watershed. Topics included everything from polution to biodiversity and even photography. In every topic and in every group, the Watershed Students impressed and inspired audience members with their mastery of environmental literacy.

At the end of the evening, we had saved a surprise for one of our educators. We recognized Kris Camacho of Petaluma High as our Watershed Classroom Educator of the Year for her exceptional curriculum. The video below is a short documentary film created by Camacho’s AP Environmental Science students Helena Abbott, Bella Machado, and Anna Rossi.

Everyone here at Friends of the Petaluma River would like to say a big thank you to all of our educators and student presenters who joined us last Wednesday to showcase all of their amazing work. We would also like to thank PHS and principal David Stirrat for their venue and accomodation.  


To view other presentations from the evening, visit our Watershed Classroom website where they are posted on the projects’ pages or follow us on facebook where we will also be sharing them.