Alabama is home to mighty rivers; providing nourishment, transportation, habitats and recreation for those who call Alabama home. Alabama Water Watch, which is part of the Auburn University Water Resources Center and receives support from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, is providing educators with Alabama rivers teaching tools through a series of workshops.
Mona Dominguez, director of Alabama Water Watch, said rivers play a huge role in Alabama’s identity—shaping aspects of history, culture, ecology and economy.
“Rivers are featured on our state seal. Alabama is the only state to do so,” Dominguez said. “Water resources in Alabama should be source of pride, however, many of us know very little about them. With the book Alabama Rivers: A Celebration & Challenge at the center, these workshops provide educators with a way to increase understanding and get students excited about Alabama’s rivers.”
Alabama Rivers Educator Workshops
Supported by the Alabama Bicentennial Commission, these workshops will allow educators to learn more about Alabama waterways and in turn, share that knowledge in the classroom. The course follows the Alabama Course of Study Standards for Social Studies and Science for grades four through seven. It is also adaptable for older students.
Workshops are $35 and based on An Educator’s Guide to Alabama Rivers Curriculum.
Participants may choose to attend one- or two-day workshops.
Workshop Locations and Dates
Camp McDowell Environmental Center
Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Office
Spanish Fort, Alabama
Lee County Historical Society Pioneer Park
**Lee County workshop includes a Stream Biomonitoring Certification through Alabama Water Watch
Turtle Point Science Center
Cheaha State Park
Registration for the workshops is $35. Educators can register online through the Alabama Water Watch or by calling the AWW office at 334-844-4785.
Attendees will receive:
Certification as an Alabama Rivers Educator
A copy of Alabama Rivers, A Celebration and Challenge by Dr. Bill Deutsch
A copy of An Educators Guide to Alabama Rivers
Access to online digital resources
Continuing Education Units from Auburn University
For more information contact Mona Dominguez with the Alabama Water Watch. Find more water resources on www.aces.edu.
Lori Wheeler is County Extension Coordinator.