Watershed Alliance

Three staff members on lake beach Place-based Watershed Science 

Watershed Alliance (WA) is a Lake Champlain Sea Grant education program that aims to reach K-12 students and their teachers throughout the Lake Champlain basin. The program has two hub locations, one at the University of Vermont which is a partnership between UVM Extension and the Rubenstein School of Natural Resources, and the other based out of the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and the Lake Champlain Research Institute. Our goal is to increase awareness and knowledge of watershed issues in youth throughout Vermont and New York.

WA provides curriculum, equipment, and instructors to schools and youth groups participating in our programs, as well as support to teachers who wish to integrate watershed education into their current curriculum. WA also provides internship opportunities to undergraduate students who wish to gain valuable, hands-on experience and training in environmental education. Interns serve as Watershed Educators providing educational programming in schools and other academic settings throughout the basin. All of our programs include both classroom and field components and center on science as inquiry. Explore our programs online

Whether we are meeting you in your classroom or at the UVM’s Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, Lake Champlain Research Institute, or aboard the R/V Marcelle Melosira, our full time education staff (pictured above) and our trained undergraduate Watershed Educators bring to life the current research and the freshwater stressors that impact the Lake Champlain basin. 

As a bridge between research and the community, our program aims to connect K-12 teachers and their students with real world challenges and engage students in hands-on field science and stewardship to improve water quality in the basin. 

Apply online today for our K-12 programs



Four students sort through water samples in pans


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