By Juliana Gonzalez
Close to 22 years ago, we launched Watershed Teaching Tools (2000), our first watershed stewardship education program that incorporated many teacher training workshops for Bay Area schools, educators, staff and parents. Since its launch, we have been providing teachers with the knowledge and tools to teach watershed awareness and environmental sustainability concepts to their students. For a glimpse of all our programs, check out our brochure from 2009. Bringing nature into the school setting and creating outdoor classrooms has been a key strategy. For example, in school gardens students learn about the life cycle of plants through planting seeds, watering and weeding, composting and harvesting. Within the past 5 years, The Watershed Project has led teacher trainings for our programs about ocean acidification, native oysters and rainwater catchment systems on schoolyards.