School Programs

student with watershed modelThe LCBP presents programs to dozens of school and community groups each year. Our most popular programs are described here, but with advanced notice we can customize a program to suit the needs of your students. Contact Colleen Hickey to schedule a visit to your school.

Watershed Model

Grade Level: 1 to 12
Approximate Time: 25-40 minutes
This hands-on, tabletop model helps students understand how polluted runoff impairs lakes and rivers. Topics covered include point and nonpoint pollution sources (urban, industrial, forested, and agricultural), toxic substances, phosphorus, pollution prevention, and watershed planning. This demonstration can be tailored to many grade levels, and is often incorporated with our Issues Program. Teachers may also borrow this model (call several weeks in advance to reserve). Visit to learn more about this great learning tool. FREE!

Lake Champlain Issues Program

Grade Level: 4 to 12 & Adults
Approximate Time: 30-40 minutes
Our program presents an overview of the environmental and cultural issues facing the Lake Champlain Basin and efforts to implement the pollution prevention and restoration plan Opportunities for Action. Topics include watersheds, water quality (phosphorus and toxics), nonnative nuisance aquatic species (zebra mussels, lamprey, water chestnut, milfoil), wildlife, wetlands, cultural heritage, individual and community stewardship, and recreation. FREE!

Wetland Metaphors

Grade Level: 1 to 12
Approximate Time: 15-30 minutes
Students are presented with a variety of hands-on objects for investigation as metaphors for natural functions of wetlands. Topics covered include wetlands in the Lake Champlain Basin, the Atlantic flyway, wetland losses, and the values and functions of wetlands. FREE!

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