- Increase student, teacher, and citizen awareness and knowledge of local watershed ecology and the environmental/social issues affecting it.
- Enhance participant skills to actively address the issues affecting their watershed.
- Connect local water resource professionals with their schools and community.
- Sustain existing partnerships and build new ones between PCEI and local/regional/national organizations, agencies, and businesses.
The audience for the Watershed Festival includes approximately 8 classes, or 200 students, from regional schools. In addition, parent volunteers, local water resource professionals, and community volunteers participate in these festivals. Past festival locations have included Moscow, Elk River, Lewiston, and Grangeville.
Students learn about our local watershed by rotating through 5 educational stations. PCEI staff and local resource professionals facilitate each station with groups of 15-24 students for roughly 30-35 minutes. Station topics can vary, and have included: Water conservation, macroinvertibrate studies, aquifers, stream sense, surface tension, plant restoration, erosion and turbidity, and so much more. Each station is designed to meet or reinforce state standards.
“I liked the discovery process offered, the tempo of teaching was well paced, students were able to leave a legacy, a lasting impact and make a difference.” – Moscow Teacher