Educator Resources

Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin

Programs

We offer lessons and inquiries designed to engage students in real-world investigations of their waterways, natural resources, and watersheds. Lessons include graphic-packed presentations, hands-on labs, campus-based outdoor field studies, models, on-line mapping, and more. Educators can use our materials to supplement their curriculum or customize their own project-based investigations. The lessons incorporate Next Generation Science and Engineering practices and are framed around Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs), and Environmental Literacy standards.

ICPRB provides professional development workshops to teachers in the Potomac River basin upon arrangement. Contact us to learn of the possibilities.

  • Score Four: Students, Schools, Streams, and the Bay
    • Our Score Four series of transdisciplinary lessons and hands-on activities help teachers meet multiple curriculum requirements while inspiring environmentally savvy students. Using indoor and outdoor lessons and investigations, students assess factors that contribute to polluted stormwater runoff in their watershed and on their campus. They then plan and conduct an appropriate stormwater action project. Activities incorporate the scientific method, hydrological, biological and chemical processes, math, language skills, and analytical tools (such as tables, graphs, and maps). Geared towards high school students.
  • Water Ways: Stream Ecology and Monitoring
    • What better way to learn about stream ecology and water pollution than collect and identify the fascinating insects, crayfish, and shrimp-like scuds living in streams? ICPRB provides presentations, hands-on activities, and resources to help teachers (middle through high school classes) start stream ecology or monitoring programs. The lessons include biomonitoring and chemistry components, as well as links to regional resources.
  • Watershed Connections
    • Watershed Connections features a hand-built watershed model that can be used by students (and adults!) to explore the links among watersheds, land use, and water quality. Students use the model and lessons to investigate how land use during different periods has affected waterways and how Best Management Practices can be used to reduce pollution.

Other Resources

  • Environmental Resource Directory
    • Our Environmental Resource Directory links teachers with local community resources that can enhance their students’ environmental education and experiences. The organizations provide a range of resources, including curricular resources, field experiences, technical support for school projects, and funding.

Check out this video for a short overview of our Educator Resources: