State Water Resources Research Institute Program


Project ID: 2007ME103B
Title: The Penobscot River Education Program: Celebrating and Strengthening Community Connections to the River that Sustains Us
Project Type: Information Transfer
Start Date: 3/01/2007
End Date: 2/29/2008
Congressional District: Second District
Focus Categories: Education, Management and Planning, Conservation
Keywords: Education, Watershed Management, Conservation, History, Dams, Estuaries, Fish Ecology, Fisheries, Planning, Recreation, Rivers, Streams
Principal Investigators: Owen, Beth; Daigle, Cheryl; Hallsworth, Ruth
Federal Funds: $ 7,405
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 16,900
Abstract: This project will develop an education program for fifth grade students in the Penobscot River watershed. Initially, the project involves four fifth grade classes from the Old Town Elementary School (OTES) in Old Town, Maine. The multi-disciplinary education program engages students in watershed science, river restoration ecology and cultural studies through two related projects. The first is an oral history project focusing on family and community connections to the Penobscot River, and the second is a public outreach project designed to educate citizens about the river's historical, present-day, and future values within the watershed community. Through these two projects, the students will meet with river ecology, river restoration, and cultural history professionals working in the Penobscot River watershed; interview family and community members; explore historical documents and photographs; and conduct research on the cultural, social, economic, and ecological importance of the Penobscot River. Each student will produce an oral history document based on his/her interviews, and help collect information that will be used to produce a series of educational posters for permanent public information kiosks along the river. Funding leveraged as a result of this pilot project will expand the program to other schools in the Penobscot River watershed.

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