New Watershed and Lake Education Assistant Joins LCSG

By Lake Champlain Sea Grant Staff
June 26, 2019

Lake Champlain Sea Grant welcomes Caroline Blake as a new Watershed and Lake Education Program Assistant at the University of Vermont (UVM) site.

Caroline joins the Lake Champlain Sea Grant’s Watershed and Lake Education team. She brings experience in place-based education and natural resources. She will be the lead for the Burlington, Vermont-based Watershed Alliance K-12 school programming and other education programs in partnership with UVM Extension.

"I am looking forward to working with the LCSG education team to educate both youth and adults about our local water resources," said Caroline. “I’m excited to circle back to UVM where my environmental education career officially began, and I will enjoy being closer to the mountains and Lake Champlain.”

A University of Vermont (UVM) alum, Caroline returns to Vermont from Wisconsin where she recently graduated with a Master of Science in natural resources from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She completed her Bachelor of Science in biology and chemistry at UVM in 2013.

Caroline joins a team of LCSG watershed educators that include Ashley Eaton, the lead Watershed and Lake Education Coordinator, and Nate Trachte, the new Education Specialist at SUNY Plattsburgh. Nate will establish a SUNY Watershed Alliance program using the Burlington-based flagship program as a model.

Education and outreach at Lake Champlain Sea Grant bridge the research happening at UVM, SUNY Plattsburgh, and throughout the Basin to communities throughout the watershed. The Watershed Alliance program, in collaboration with UVM Extension, uses place-based, hands-on activities to engage students in learning about watersheds and local water quality challenges. The program originated at the University of Vermont and has been widely successful, reaching over 12,000 K-12 students since 2011.