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Natural Resources Extension

Project Name: Department of Education School Watershed Project
ASO Log No.: 02-234
Start/End Date: May 2002 to April 2005
Federal Funds: $164,046.00
Matching Funds: $165,737.00
Contractor: Colleen Murakami, Environmental Education Specialist
Department of Education (DOE)
PO Box 2360
Honolulu, HI 96804
Phone: (808) 733-9141
Teachers in the Honolulu District are not teaching about watershed activities because their focus is on meeting Hawaii content standards. They need to be shown how the study of their watershed can be the context through which students can achieve content standards.
Objectives/Goals: The project will develop a teacher development program for the Honolulu district schools through which teachers will learn how to assist students in achieving selected content standards in the context of watershed study, which deepens understanding of nonpoint source pollution and fosters environmental stewardship. Working through the DOE, the Polluted Runoff Control Program can reach students statewide.
Methods Employed: • Develop and implement a watershed training program that will improve teacher’s understanding on non-point source pollution and strengthen their skills in teaching environmental stewardship
• Establish an environmental education network system to support classroom teachers
• Develop and strengthen partnerships with governmental agencies and community organizations dealing with water studies
Pollutants of Concern: N/A
Watershed: N/A
Size of Project: island of Oahu
Affected Water Bodies: N/A
Deliverables: • Grade 4-5 teacher’s manual
• “Ala Wai Project”: teacher’s unit plans focused on the Ala Wai watershed
• Web site
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