The Yakima WATERS Project was a National Science Foundation program funded at Central Washington University (CWU) to infuse authentic interdisciplinary watershed research into elementary through high school curriculum in public schools.
From 2008-2013, the Yakima WATERS project has worked to integrate watershed science into K-12 classrooms in the Yakima River Basin, WA. Each year, eight teams, consisting of a science graduate fellow, a CWU faculty mentor, and lead teacher worked to enhance science education in local schools. We introduced K-12 students and teachers to local research that is relevant to their lives, guided students through independent research projects, and exposed students to exciting field experiences. Graduate students learned to teach and greatly improved their science communication skills. Faculty built long-term connections with local teachers and school districts. We have now impacted 14 schools, over 25 teachers, and hundreds of students. A summary of our schools and highlights of some of our favorite activities are listed below. Thank you for stopping by!
Click on the links to the left to learn more about the WATERS project or access our resources. Participants lists all participating graduate fellows, CWU faculty mentors, as well as K-12 teachers and schools. Go to the Photos page to see a collection of our favorite photographic memories from the program.
Educators should check out our Curriculum and Resources, which has > 25 excellent lesson plans written by WATERS fellows and taught in participating K-12 classrooms.
Although the WATERS program has come to an end, CWU is continually involved in K-12 STEM education and leadership. Check out the Center for Math and Science Education (CESME) to learn about our current programs and resources.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number (0638648).
Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.