The Lake Champlain Basin Program has awarded the Lake George Association a grant of $9,561 to build on the educational successes and popularity of the LGA’s “Science From Your Sofa” educational video series with new videos along with tie-in lessons and programs.
“Your [Science From Your Sofa] proposal received very strong peer reviews,” said the award letter from Eric Howe, Director of the Lake Champlain Basin Program.
The video series, started in 2020, explains and explores topics surrounding Lake George’s water quality in an engaging and entertaining way. “Even though we couldn’t see students or the general public during the pandemic last year, we knew that we couldn’t just pause our outreach work on protecting the water quality,” said Kristen Wilde, the LGA Director of Education.
“In rethinking the LGA’s programs with [Environmental Educator] Emily [Boucher], we realized that with schools moving student learning online – part time or full time – that it made sense for us to develop educational programs in that space as well,” Kristen said. “It turned out to be a natural transition for us!”
The six current “Science From Your Sofa” videos can be found at https://www.youtube.com/LakeGeorgeAssoc. Current educational topics include: Lake George water clarity, Lake George food webs, Invasive Species and their dangers, Polluted Stormwater, Protecting Lake George’s Water Quality, and the Macroinvertebrates that help determine stream health.
“We are thankful for the continued financial support of the Lake Champlain Basin Program,” said Walt Lender, the LGA’s Executive Director. “Their partnership has been critical to all aspects of the continued protection work of the Lake George Association.”
Specifically, the grant will fund the development and creation of nine new entries in the video series, which is written, filmed and produced in-house at the Lake George Association office. The grant will also fund the development of hands-on activities and material kits to emphasize the topics of each video presentation.
Those kits will be provided to participating schools.
“We want to ensure the home-school families are able to partake in the program too, so we are developing six live programs that will include the same kits but will be lead (by Zoom if needed) by LGA staff,” Kristen said.
“The goal of this video series, like every educational program we do, is to broaden students’ knowledge of Lake George, its watershed, and the environmental issues that can affect water quality,” Kristen said. “We want everyone to understand that every action they take can affect water quality – and to understand which actions are the protective ones.”
“The LGA is deeply proud of our education staff and education programs,” said Walt. “We have seen that that education and outreach are key components to the LGA’s mission of ensuring the Lake’s water quality is protected now and in the future.”
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