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On-Water Ecology: using a seine net

B-WET Watershed Science Training for Educators

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum has received a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) to offer three free one-day teacher-training workshops in watershed science. During each workshop for teachers, environmental educators, and graduate students, LCMM and partnering institutions will demonstrate techniques and resources that educators can use to engage students with hands-on experience in evaluating the health of local waters.

Program Details

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and NOAA have teamed up with several other partners to offer a practicum for teachers wanting to offer their students hands-on experience in testing local waters and evaluating the health of watersheds leading into Lake Champlain. The one-day training (8:00am to 3:30pm) is free, pre-registration required. The training is recommended for teachers of grades 4-12, environmental educators teaching aquatic science, and for graduate students working toward teacher certification.

Working with some of Vermont’s top experts in fisheries, invertebrates, mapping and in watershed science education, the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is hosting these trainings that include fieldwork, up-to-date Champlain Basin context and resources, and exercises with mapping applications used for watershed assessment.

Participants will have opportunities to canoe and wade in order to carry out various water sampling methods.

Download the BWET 2015 Teacher Training Resource List


Mike Winslow, Lake Champlain Committee
Erin DeVries, Vermont Watershed Alliance
Mark Malchoff, Lake Champlain Sea Grant
Jacob Straub, SUNY Plattsburgh Center for Earth and Environmental Science
David Frisque, Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge
Matt Witten, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
Elizabeth Lee, Program Coordinator, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

Elizabeth Lee
Elizabeth Lee
Matt Witten
Matthew Witten

Elizabeth Lee is Ecology Programs Director at LCMM. Elizabeth is a naturalist and outdoor guide with a long history of outdoor teaching and recreation. From school groups to private guiding trips, Elizabeth has coordinated wildlife tracking programs, given numerous presentations on natural history, and taught students a curriculum on Patterns in Nature that she developed. She writes the column Living with Wilderness for the Plattsburgh Press Republican, and is an active member of the NYS Guides Association.

Matthew Witten has been on-water education staff at LCMM since 1994, and previously worked for the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and other boating and environmental education programs. Matthew has an MS in Natural Resources and was a NOAA Sea Grant Fellow at the EPA Wetlands Division, later specializing in citizen wetland monitoring training. Currently Matthew also works as a nature guide, is the coordinator of Addison County River Watch Collaborative, and continues to lead special programs for LCMM.




Still have Questions?

Our Outdoor Instructors are often, well, outdoors! Drop them an email first, or call our main Museum phone number:

Elizabeth Lee, Ecology Programs Director,
Main LCMM Phone: 802-475-2022 x102


Photo: Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

On-water Ecology Workshops
Photos above: Matthew Witten


NOAAAbout Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET)

NOAA's B-WET program is an environmental education program that promotes locally relevant, experiential learning in the K-12 environment. The delivery of B-WET occurs primarily through competitive funding that promotes Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs). The program is national in scope with 7 regional programs: California, Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, New England, and the Pacific Northwest.

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum was the first Vermont recipient of a NOAA New England Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) grant in 2014. The Fisheries Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded B-WET grants to support nine educational projects in New England to provide hands-on learning experiences for K-12 students to foster greater understanding of and connection to local watersheds.

On-Water Ecology: using a secchi disc
On-Water Ecology participants use a secchi disk to measure water clarity.

“Lake Champlain Maritime Museum wass honored to be New England B-WET’s first Vermont grant recipient in 2014," said Erick Tichonuk, LCMM’s Deputy Director. “This year's grant enables us to continue to offer professional development training in our On-Water Ecology Program to Champlain Basin teachers, providing them with new methods to engage students in math, science, ecology, and technology concepts using local watersheds as their classrooms.  Teachers will learn the skills and knowledge that will enable them to conduct outdoor watershed experiences themselves, and perform experiments and data collection that will complement their own classroom-based curriculum.”