ARCHIVE: Urban Waterways: Thinking about Environmental Stewardship
Recorded: Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 @ 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm EDT
Duration: 50 minutes
This session will be a great supplement for classroom activities surrounding Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, 2014.
In this session for educators, Tony Thomas of the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum presents a Citizen Scientist program, which has introduced Washington, DC area high school students to the Anacostia Watershed. This project based educational immersion facilitates students through the concepts and components of a watershed, the effects of pollution on water quality and the impact water quality has on the health of the community and the various uses of the river. Students begin to take an active role in environmental stewardship and environmental justice issues. Discover how you, too, can empower students to accept ownership and responsibility for the waterways in your region.
Additional resources to get your class’ citizen scientist “Urban Waterways” projects underway are available on the Smithsonian on ePals site: http://en.community.epals.com/smithsonian_on_epals/p/urban-waterways.aspx.
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Tony Thomas is education program coordinator at the Anacostia Community Museum. A native Washingtonian, he was a science teacher in several school systems in the D.C. area. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland and Trinity University. He has been at Anacostia since 2008.