Watershed Science Apprenticeship

Did you know 2019 is the International Year of the Salmon? In the LCMM Watershed Science Apprenticeship you will join other motivated students in activities related to this endangered and fascinating family of fish!

The Watershed Science Apprenticeship program consists of 10-sessions for a dozen students from high schools in the Champlain Valley. It is tailored to students who are pursuing flexible pathways to graduation and who are interested in fisheries, aquatic science, and environmental history.

This program is perfect for students invested in their own personalized learning. Students work with LCMM and school advisors to arrange their schedule to participate in course activities.


The Watershed Science Apprenticeship schedule for the January-June, 2019 semester is still in formation. The general pattern is for activities/outings to take place 2 or 3 times per month, usually on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Students are expected to commit to the majority of activities and also to do research and reporting (i.e., a culminating project or presentation).

  • Session 1: Tues., Jan. 29, 10:30am-1:30pm – sorting macroinvertebrates at the DEC Lab in Montpelier
  • Session 2: Tues., Feb. 12, 9:30am-12:00pm – Ice fishing with VT Fish & Wildlife (foul weather back-up plan: fly-tying) on Shelburne Pond or Lake Champlain
  • Session 3: Tues., Feb 26 and/or Thurs., Feb. 28, 9:30-11:00 – Examination of maps and historic accounts of salmon, in-class (location TBD)


Matt Harrison is a highly valued contributor to a variety of LCMM’s education programs, specializing in environmental history. Matt spearheaded LCMM’s Stem to Stern curriculum and also leads after-school, summer camp, and Watershed Science programs. Matt is a crew member on LCMM’s schooner Lois McClure and has a U. S. Coast-Guard approved Certificate of Seamanship.

Elizabeth Lee is LCMM’s Education Director. She has an MS in Environmental Science from SUNY Plattsburgh. Elizabeth has been for many years a licensed NYS outdoor Guide, and has for decades led experiential outdoor education programs for all ages.

Matthew Witten has worked at LCMM since 1994, starting with the Champlain Discovery kayak-building summer program for teens and then leading the Paddling Ecology program as well as other educational projects. Matt has an MS in Natural Resources from UVM and also is Managing Director of the Addison County River Watch Collaborative.


Once you enroll you are expected to commit to participating in all sessions. An absence due to unforeseen circumstances is acceptable.

You are also required to meet the requirements established by your teacher or principal.

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