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Nature Up North Hosts Teachers Workshop at SLU

Nature Up North held a Teachers Workshop for eight North Country primary and secondary school educators from Aug. 1 to 2 at St. Lawrence University.

Nature Up North is a community-based organization located at St. Lawrence with a mission to foster a deeper sense of appreciation for, and connection to, the North Country environment and to use technology to encourage and enhance outdoor learning.

In 2016, Nature Up North applied for a St. Lawrence River Research and Education Fund grant to pilot a community water monitoring project called “Monitoring Our Water along the Grasse River” or MOW the Grasse, which was used to leverage a second grant from SUNY Canton’s Walker Foundation.

Nature Up North Director and St. Lawrence Professor of Biology Erika L. Barthelmess hired Liz Kamb ’18, a conservation biology major from Woodstock, Vermont, as a summer intern. She – along with Molly McMasters ’20, a conservation biology major from Canton, New York, and Maya Williams ’18, an environmental studies-geology major from Deerfield, New Hampshire – received Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) training through the Wild Center and Adirondack Mountain Club.

Liz tested a variety of methods to help build a reliable, replicable, and easy-enough-for-volunteers water monitoring protocol. She then trained a group of volunteers using her method from both Grasse River Heritage and the Land Trust earlier this summer.

During Nature Up North’s teacher’s workshop, Liz taught the teachers how they might adopt the protocol she developed to use with their middle and high school students.

“We’re really excited about these interns,” Barthelmess said, “and the opportunities that the St. Lawrence’s Nature Up North project affords our students.”

Liz will take part in St. Lawrence’s Kenya Semester Program during the fall 2017 semester. Maya will conduct a Senior-Year Experience project on geology education with Nature Up North during the Fall 2017 semester, and she has submitted an abstract to present at the Geological Society of America.

For more information, visit Nature Up North.

Local television station WWNY-TV Channel 7 reported on Nature Up North’s Teachers Workshop for eight North Country K-12 educators, which took place Aug. 1-2 at St. Lawrence University.

Watch the full segment