The Mahoning River
Education Project is a partnership between
Overarching themes are: Understanding natural & built structures and their interaction; sustainable redevelopment of the industrialized river & brownfield corridor; protection of the tributaries; how the condition of the river & watershed impact local quality of life & economic vitality; how our young people can be empowered & equipped to educate the adult sector of the community and be positive change agents in the place where they live.
School districts involved year in the Mahoning River Education Project during the 2002-2003 school include Girard, Struthers, Youngstown, and Campbell.
High School Involvement
first-hand knowledge, students and teachers experienced a watershed
bus tour in the fall and visited
School Two-Week Intensives
School Two-Week Intensives
In the spring of 2003 over 2,500 students, grades 5 through 8 from eight schools, will participate in two-week intensive studies of their Mahoning River Watershed. The two weeks will include numerous hands-on lessons*, assemblies, learning stations, and field trips. Each grade will focus on their environmental theme**:
Students will create numerous “end products” as a result of their interdisciplinary hands-on activities, and will document their two weeks through photography, videography, and the creation of powerpoint presentations.
We are currently working on development of a K-4 approach to Mahoning River Watershed education.
Individual classes can create their own
Curricular resources to assist teachers and students in understanding their watershed include:
The overarching goal of the Mahoning River Education Project is to create an institutionalized process between Youngstown State University, local school districts, and community agencies & organizations by which students across disciplines and in grades K-12 learn about their Mahoning River watershed, its history, current condition, future and how its condition affects our collective quality of life and economic vitality; further, that students will, through this process, not only understand the interconnectedness of local natural systems, built structures, and social systems, but will also engage in student-generated civic-action processes, and will help educate the broader community by writing articles, creating powerpoint presentations and videos, collecting and airing oral histories, and producing public service announcements for television and radio, and by showcasing these end products at public events such as the YSU Mahoning River Fair.
* Teachers get ready-made lesson plans from the national water curriculum “Project Wet”. To find out how you can sign up for future training in Project Wet (requiring six hours of training; teachers will receive certificate and the 500-page Project Wet book with over 90 hands-on, interdisciplinary lesson plans for K-12).
** Science standards and, therefore, themes, will change this coming school year (’03-’04).
*** To reserve the Mahoning River Trunk at your local soil & water conservation district, contact the following persons:
Mary June Emerson, Mahoning Soil & Water Conservation District, 330-533-2231
Kelly Hardval, Trumbull Soil & Water Conservation District, 330-637-2056, x 111
Jen Eckroate, Portage Soil & Water Conservation District, 330-297-7633, x101
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