Watershed Science Apprenticeship

During the LCMM Watershed Science Apprenticeship, join other motivated students in examining the legacy of Atlantic Salmon in the Champlain Valley, through self-guided research and small-group activities and outings with the staff from LCMM and other experts. Be a part of the global effort to support Salmon survival!

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).

Upon registration, students will be sent the full syllabus and will be contacted with more scheduling information.

This program is funded in part by Vermont Watershed Grants Fund through the sale of conservation license plates. Additional funding has been provided by Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership.


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.

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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