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B-WET Watershed Science One-Day Training for Educators

Sleuthing Water Quality –
from Deep in Lake Champlain
to High in Upland Forests

2015 Dates TBA

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum has received a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) to offer two free one-day teacher-training workshops in watershed science. During each of two workshops in October 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; includes a localvore lunch. 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.


Each of the one-day workshops will involve both lake and river field studies. Participants will have opportunities to canoe and wade in order to carry out various water sampling methods. The Friday, October 3 session takes place at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum campus at North Harbor on Lake Champlain, with an annex field trip to an Addison County tributary. The Friday, October 10 session takes place at Shelburne Farms, Shelburne Bay, and upriver into the lower reaches of the LaPlatte River.

Partners include experts from the Lake Champlain Committee, Trout Unlimited, University of Vermont, Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and others.


2015 Dates To Be Announced -- Learn About Upcoming Workshops:


Matt Witten
Matthew Witten
Ben Mayock
Ben Mayock


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.

Ben Mayock joined LCMM’s outdoor education staff in 2004. He serves as program coordinator for On-Water Ecology field trips, leads and instructs the Champlain Discovery teen kayak building and field trip program, and coaches students and adults for the Champlain Longboats program. Ben also is a leader and instructor for the University of Vermont’s Paddling for Development and UVM TREK programs. 



Still have Questions?

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

Ben Mayock,
Matthew Witten,
Main LCMM Phone: 802-475-2022


On-Water Ecology: using a seine net
Photo: Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

On-water Ecology Workshops
Photos above: Matthew Witten


About 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 is the first Vermont recipient of a NOAA New England Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) grant. 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 is honored to be New England B-WET’s first Vermont grant recipient," said Erick Tichonuk, LCMM’s Executive Director. “The grant will enable us 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.”