PROJECTS Bringing the petaluma river and watershed to our students

By incorporating the Petaluma River and Watershed into elementary and high school curriculum we strive to inspire and engage youth in a unique way that not only improves their education and retention, but teaches them how they can become involved in conserving and celebrating their environment.

Curriculum designed around the theme of the watershed lends itself to a variety of subjects and standards. Watershed Classroom projects can incorporate local history, focusing on how the river and watershed helped to shape the community of Petaluma. Many educators have used these projects to facilitate science and biology lessons by looking at not only the water quality and features, but at the plant life throughout the watershed. These projects not only address science and history standards, it can be used to illustrate and encourage non-fiction writing and many other English Language standards. The interdisciplinary accessibility of the Petaluma River and watershed lends itself to the evolving integrative standards that incorporate multiple subjects in their lesson plans. This is a fundamental aspect of project based learning, and specifically with the projects that we support in the Watershed Classroom.

We hope that by sharing these projects with our community, educators will be inspired to incorporate the river and watershed into their classrooms; thereby, fostering students’ appreciation for conserving and celebrating their environment.

Our current Watershed Classroom projects are listed during the fall and spring semesters, all past projects can be found in archived projects, as well as by grade level.