Facilitating Learning in Our Watershed (FLOW)

Facilitating Learning in Our Watershed (FLOW)

Grade Level:

Middle School


Watershed Literacy


Two Years/School District


Parishes in the Pontchartrain Basin

FLOW: a NOAA B-WET Systemic Project


FLOW facilitates systemic Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences or MWEE Implementation for an entire grade-level in underserved communities in the parishes of Pontchartrain Basin. This project provides comprehensive professional development in watershed literacy for all participating grade-level science teachers followed by ongoing support and mentoring. It develops, tests, and implements an inclusive and locally-focused MWEE watershed curriculum in collaboration with these science teachers and reaches beyond science classes to include collaboration with math, social studies, and art curriculum specialists. This project trains and enables teachers, under PC guidance, to create STEM kits. The kits provide hands-on experience to students in inquiry-driven investigations on a variety of topics ranging from water quality testing, to marine debris and microplastics, to climate education and other coastal topics such as the effects of coastal land loss on these vulnerable coastal communities. The kits become the property of the parish schools and will continue to reach students after the close of the project. FLOW utilizes rigorous, scheduled evaluations to inform and improve curriculum during both phases: development (year one) and implementation district-wide (year two).

Activities include:

  • Fieldwork in local locations including the Mississippi River, wetlands, and more
  • Utilizing science equipment such as refractometers, turbidity tubes, and stream tables
  • Collecting data on water quality, pollution, invasive species, and more
  • Creating and implementing a local watershed literacy curriculum
  • Opportunities for stewardship within their communities

Outcomes Include:

  • Increased awareness/knowledge of watershed issues for participants
  • Increased support for environmental education initiatives
  • Increased teacher confidence in facilitating watershed investigation
  • Increased student confidence in participating in watershed investigations
  • Increased shifts in environmental attitudes for participants