Watershed Classroom Applications Due
Jul
31
to Sep 8

Watershed Classroom Applications Due

Interested in becoming a Watershed Classroom teacher?

By incorporating the Watershed into your curriculum, learning has the potential to be an interactive, place and project based experience. Additionally, you will receive a $500 stipend in recognition of time spent developing new curriculum. Watershed Classroom teachers have borrowing privileges for classroom supplies, classroom funding, free field trips, and support from the Watershed Classroom staff.

To apply please download and fill out the proposal. Please submit the proposal as a word document (.doc) using the application form HERE

 

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MOONLIT FANDANGO GALA
Aug
18
5:00 PM17:00

MOONLIT FANDANGO GALA

 Friends invite you to celebrate the Petaluma River & Watershed at our annual Moonlit Fandango Dinner & Gala. We are excited to welcome guests back to the Rockin’ H Ranch along the Petaluma River’s Cloudy Bend where we’ll enjoy drinks on the patio before adjourning for dinner. Don’t miss this special evening in support of Friends and our work conserving, educating about and providing access to the Petaluma River.

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Rivertown Revival
Jul
14
11:00 AM11:00

Rivertown Revival

Celebrating the Greatest Slough on Earth, the Rivertown Revival festival is back for its 9th year with five stages of music, $5 weddings, Nautical Mass on the River, local food and drinks and plenty of fun for the whole family. Don’t miss our 20ft. seesaws, interactive art installations, kids stage, costumes and more at this annual event.

Find out more about this event, including stage lineups, volunteer opportunities and more at, http://www.rivertownrevival.com/

Tickets: $15.00 / Kids: $5.00

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Professional Development
Jun
13
5:30 PM17:30

Professional Development

On August 7th and 8th, we will be offering a Professional Development workshop for teachers in the Petaluma watershed, dedicated to climate change and environmental literacy. The two day workshop will begin with Shelley Brooks, PhD sharing her expertise in the incorporation of environmental literacy into history and social science classrooms. Teachers will have the opportunity to engage, collaborate, and lesson plan with workshop presenters and colleagues. On our second day, expert practitioners of Citizen Science will address the importance of community participation in the collection of scientific research to better understand our world. They will introduce and discuss Citizen Science projects and how data can be shared with monitoring and collection programs. Following the discussion, Michelle Sauceda will expand on the value of being in nature, the importance of Outdoor Education and will demonstrate some of the many lessons and learning opportunities for classes outside. The workshop will conclude after boating on the Petaluma river. Teachers will receive a $200 stipend for attending. 

We hope to see many of you there! Click HERE to sign up.

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Transhumance Festitval
Jun
9
2:00 PM14:00

Transhumance Festitval

Join Friends of the Petaluma River with partners True Grass Farms and the Petaluma Grazing Collective for a day exploring the Petaluma Food Shed with local food tasting and interactive education about the forces shaping the food we eat.
Dinner is at 6pm with music and dancing at the David Yearsley River Heritage Center.

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2018 Student Showcase
May
17
5:30 PM17:30

2018 Student Showcase

  • Petaluma Community Center (Assembly Hall) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We invite teachers, students, parents, and community members to join us for a night of student led presentations on the status of our favorite slough! 

Each student group will present for 3-5 minutes, using media to tell the community what they have learned in the Watershed Classroom and make their own predictions and suggestions for the future of the Petaluma River and Watershed. 

Students will be tabling 30 minutes before and after the main event (5:30-6pm and 7:30-8pm) so you will have a chance to meet the young citizen scientists, historians, and artists of the Watershed Classroom. 

For more information contact stephanie@friendsofthepetalumariver.org

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Water Testing Workshop
Jan
24
2:30 PM14:30

Water Testing Workshop

$50 STIPEND

Training will take place at Petaluma High School (PHS) in Room F-16 and will be facilitated by PHS science teacher Lee Boyes.

This training is designed to familiarize teachers with Friends of the Petaluma River's water testing kits and is open to all educators teaching within the Petaluma Watershed (Petaluma, Penngrove, North Novato).

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Project WET Petaluma: $200 STIPEND!
Aug
7
to Aug 8

Project WET Petaluma: $200 STIPEND!

Our summer professional development is coming up! This year there is going to be a two day training brought to you by Friends of the Petaluma River and the Sonoma County Water Agency! The training is sponsored by NOAA. It will be focused on connecting Petaluma educators to local environmental education resources.  There is a $200 stipend for participating.

Day 1

This day of the training will have a focus on navigating Project WET curriculum with the Petaluma Watershed in mind.

Project WET provides educator trainings with the goal of bringing students objective, experiential, multi-discipline water education. Their curriculum is K12, NGSS and Common Core aligned, and extremely user friendly.

Their stated mission is "to reach children, parents, teachers and community members of the world with water education that promotes awareness of water and empowers community action to solve complex water issues."

Be ready for a fun and informative day of interactive, hands-on learning!

Day 2

The second day will bring educators to a series of Petaluma Watershed field trip options. The training culminates in an afternoon paddle on the Petaluma River and ends with refreshments at the DYRHC Barn.

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Student Showcase
May
18
6:00 PM18:00

Student Showcase

  • Carol Ellis Auditorium, Petaluma Campus SRJC (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We invite teachers, students, parents, and community members to join us for a night of student led presentations on the status of our favorite slough! 

Each student group will present for 3-5 minutes, using media to tell the community what they have learned in the Watershed Classroom and make their own predictions and suggestions for the future of the Petaluma River and Watershed. 

Students will be tabling 30 minutes before and after the main event (5:30-6pm and 7:30-8pm) so you will have a chance to meet the young citizen scientists, historians, and artists of the Watershed Classroom. 

For more information contact katelynn@friendsofthepetalumariver.org

 

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Spring River Cleanup
May
6
9:00 AM09:00

Spring River Cleanup

Help Conserve the Petaluma River – Protect Habitat & Improve Water Quality with Friends at our Spring Petaluma River Cleanup. Gather with us at the Petaluma Marina and help us remove trash and debris from 14 waterways in our watershed. Volunteers will enjoy snacks, a bbq lunch and plenty of refreshment. We’ll outfit you with all the supplies you need to get out there and help keep our River clean.

What to bring: Water bottle, hat, shoes that can get muddy, excitement, and willingness to get your hands dirty in stewardship to the Petaluma Watershed!

RSVP HERE

Let us know you're coming so we can have all the supplies we need!

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Deadline for Submission to Pollution Prevention Senior Award
Apr
30
12:00 AM00:00

Deadline for Submission to Pollution Prevention Senior Award

Friends of the Petaluma River in collaboration with the City of Petaluma is offering two $500 scholarships to high school seniors with the best videos answering one of the following prompts:

CREATE A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT         

Answer the questions:

  1. What is stormwater pollution?
  2. What are the effects of storm water pollution on the Petaluma River?
  3. What is one action our community can take to reduce stormwater pollution?

OR

CREATE A DOCUMENTARY

Document your involvement in a community project that helps to prevent stormwater pollution. Explain:

  1. What is stormwater pollution?
  2. What are the effects of storm water pollution on the Petaluma River?
  3. How is your project helping to reduce stormwater pollution?

For more details and to enter go to watershedclassroom.org/senior-award

Contact katelynn@friendsofthepetalumariver.org with questions.

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Water Testing Workshop: Grades K-5
Jan
11
2:30 PM14:30

Water Testing Workshop: Grades K-5

Training is funded by Friends of the Petaluma River's Watershed Classroom program and will be facilitated by PHS chemistry teacher, Lee Boyes. Class will cover the use of the Watershed Classroom water quality testing kits. You do not need to be a Watershed Classroom teacher to attend.

Workshop will be held at Petaluma High School in room F16.

Exact length of workshop is subject to change but will not exceed 2 hours.

Workshop is dependent on having a minimum of 5 registered attendees so bring a friend!

For more information contact katelynn@friendsofthepetalumariver.org

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Water Testing Workshop: Grades 6-12
Jan
9
8:00 AM08:00

Water Testing Workshop: Grades 6-12

Training is funded by Friends of the Petaluma River's Watershed Classroom program and will be facilitated by PHS chemistry teacher, Lee Boyes. The class will be taught in two blocks. All interested teachers should attend the first block. Staying for the second is optional but highly encouraged. Teachers do not need to be in the Watershed Classroom to attend. 

Workshop will be held at Petaluma High School in room F16.

8:30-10:00: How to use the kit to practice in the lab.
10-11:30: Drive to river and creeks on the west side to show teachers sites that are accessible

For more information contact katelynn@friendsofthepetalumariver.org

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Petaluma River Cleanup
Sep
17
9:00 AM09:00

Petaluma River Cleanup

Join us on September 17th at Steamer Landing Park for a day of conservation and celebration. 

This year groups will be competing for prizes to see who can bring in the most trash!

Families, students, teachers, and youth groups are all encouraged to attend. Anyone under the age of 18 must come with a signed release form. Minors without a parent or guardian's signature will not be allowed to participate.

Registration starts at 9am, and after the cleanup challenge winners will be announced and there will be a party with music, a BBQ, and a raffle! 

For more information visit the Friends of the Petaluma River Website.

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Watershed Classroom Presentation
Sep
12
4:00 PM16:00

Watershed Classroom Presentation

If you have ever wanted to know what the Watershed Classroom is all about, we will be hosting an introductory presentation on Monday, September 12 from 4 to 5pm at the WORK Petaluma library (10 4th St). 

The presentation will last about 20 minutes with time for questions afterwards. It will cover the basics of the Watershed Classroom: our origins, principles, core concepts, successes, teacher benefits, and the application process.

If you would like to attend please email katelynn@friendsofthepetalumariver.org, and if you can't make the presentation but still want to learn more contact Katelynn with your questions or to set up a meeting. 

For more information on our gracious hosts at WORK Petaluma, visit workpetaluma.com.

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BEETLES Professional Development Training
Aug
4
to Aug 5

BEETLES Professional Development Training

This year's professional development training is hosted by the Berkeley Lawrence Hall of Science BEETLES program. The training will be held in Petaluma, exact location TBA. 

Petaluma teachers from all grade levels and academic disciplines are welcome and Watershed Classroom teachers are strongly encouraged to attend. All participating teachers will receive a $200 stipend. 

This two day workshop is focused on environmental literacy and best instructional practices for outdoor education and fieldwork, including data collection and analysis and will provide teachers with deeper awareness and understanding of

  • Best practices in outdoor instruction
  • How to organize field work elements within curriculum and maximize student engagement
  • California and national environmental literacy standards, including Next Generation Science Standards and California Blueprint for Environmental Literacy. 

Visit the BEETLES website for more information on program content OR contact Katelynn Wiley at katelynn@friendsofthepetalumariver.org to let us know that you are interested in attending. 

 

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Rivertown Revival
Jul
16
11:00 AM11:00

Rivertown Revival

Every year the community gathers at the David Yearsley River Heritage Center on the banks of the Greatest Slough on Earth to having a rip-roaring hoopla, listen to three rotating stages of live music, and benefit the Friends of the Petaluma River and its many projects including the Watershed Classroom! This year's Rivertown Revival will be held on July 16 from 11am to 8pm.

Come visit the Watershed Classroom at the Friends of the Petaluma River Tent for crafts, fun, and some interactive river education. 

Attendance is $5 for Kids (17 & under) and $10 for adults.

Attendees are encouraged to bike or walk to the event as parking will be limited.

For more information about this event visit the Rivertown Revival website

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