By Kristen Wilde
LGA Director of Education
A lot of what I do as Director of Education at the Lake George Association involves teaching and working with teachers and students in one way or another, whether it is in classrooms, on the Floating Classroom, at our stream monitoring location, or working with citizen scientists to monitor the Lake’s water quality.
Wow, has that changed in the last year!
As the LGA staff adapted everything we do to ensure safety during the pandemic, we jumped into a different kind of media that still reaches our students without needing to be in a classroom – and is just as engaging for everyone.
Emily Boucher, our Environmental Educator, and I realized that we needed to rethink our whole approach to outreach during the COVID-19 outbreak, and out of those conversations came “Science From Your Sofa,” a series of short, fun video presentations focused on the Lake George-centric environmental topics that we normally teach.
We asked for and received many suggested topics and questions on the Lake, grouped in the following five (so far!) videos:
As good as they are as standalone pieces, we are in the process of increasing their effectiveness by pairing them with activities and resources to help the Lake protection message stick. We are finalizing the packages and will be sending them out to regional teachers shortly – please email Emily if you want to get your school (or your family) on the list here: [email protected]
Next video topic on the list: macroinvertebrates and stream health – and what that means for the Lake itself.
We’ve had fun adapting these programs, and we encourage you to take a look at our work.
Have questions about the Lake’s water that you’d like answered? Let us know by sending an email to [email protected] and we’ll see what we can do!
What we are happy for is that even if we can’t be with our students, we can still help them to understand that everything they do can be protective of the Lake’s water quality. And that can only help support the LGA’s mission to protect water quality now and in the future.
Kristen Wilde is the Director of Education for the Lake George Association. The Lake George Association is the oldest and most experienced lake protection organization in the country, whose members support water quality protection, water quality monitoring, invasive species protection, education and lake-friendly living programs that benefit the watershed from Lake George Village to Ticonderoga.
All the money raised by the Lake George Association goes to projects and programs that benefit the Lake and the watershed, protecting Lake George water quality now and in the future.