Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Announces Fall 2017 Water Academy For Educators

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Contact: Samuel Hakim

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

(716) 852-7483 extension 38




Educators can apply for stipends for a field course that will educate adults about local environmental issues through unique partnerships and service learning

Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper announced today that educator recruitment has commenced for Fall Water Academy, a college-level course designed to introduce the community to environmental issues and solutions currently being implemented in the Niagara River watershed. This program offers an extensive range of learning opportunities through unique partnerships with seven other local non-profit organizations.

Water Academy students will experience service learning projects, field trips and hands-on workshops led by environmental professionals. Class sessions in the Fall semester include an introduction to kayaking skills, aquatic biology monitoring, community outreach techniques, stream assessment in headwater forests, land conservation for food systems, rare native plant preservation, outdoor education methods, bioremediation and brownfield clean-up, GPS for conservation site mapping, and demonstration projects highlighting living infrastructure solutions for water quality.

Water Academy inspires students to participate in solving modern environmental problems through community engagement and initiatives that prioritize the protection of clean water,” said Robbyn Drake, Director of Education and Training at Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper. “We look forward to collaborating with the Western New York Land Conservancy, the Buffalo Audubon Society, and all of our partners to offer a unique learning experience for adult students.”

Additional partner organizations that will provide professional instruction and hosting site visits include the Nature Sanctuary Society of WNY, People United for Sustainable Housing, and Earth Spirit Educational Services, Inc. Guest lecturers will also include representatives from governmental agencies, community organizations and the private sector. Educator recruitment will be carried out by Friends of Reinstein Woods, Buffalo Audubon Society and Cradle Beach Camp. Employed educators may apply to one of these organizations for a $600 stipend to cover the cost of time, travel, and ECC registration for CE credits.

Riverkeeper is partnering with ECC to offer college course credit for Water Academy. For more information on course credit offerings, please contact ECC or the Riverkeeper office for more information. ECC credits are transferable within the SUNY system. Students pursuing careers in sustainable energy solutions, green technologies, biology, geography or environmental science are encouraged to register for the course. The course is also open to adults not currently enrolled in college. Water Academy classes run from August 30th to December 6th, 2017, with sessions scheduled on Wednesdays from 4:30pm to 6:20pm.

Water Academy is made possible by an environmental education grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency, with additional support provided by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, and the East Hill Foundation. For more information about the course, please visit bnriverkeeper.org/wateracademy or contact Robbyn Drake at (716) 852-7483 extension 12 and rdrake@bnriverkeeper.org.

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