Supported by a multi-year grant from the Missouri Department of Natural
Resources, the Bryant Watershed Project is officially expanding its service
area to include three more watersheds - the North Fork, the Eleven Point,
and the Upper Spring River Tributaries.
"Our Watershed, Our Homes" is building on the
successes of the Bryant Watershed Atlas by incorporating the learning
community into the process of expanding the Atlas and the place-based
education programs that the Atlas supports. Local educators, including
Mary Ann Mutrux of Willow Springs, Justin Mutrux, retired from Thomasville
Schools, Debra Mayers of SMSU-WP, and Melanie Carden-Jessen of MDC, are
serving as advisors for the developing programs. Our Program Specialist
is Wanda Byrd, newly retired 4th grade teacher. Wanda brings a wealth
of experience to our programs, including five years as an eMINTS teacher.
With many pages of background and resources materials already
online in the Atlas, the project will concentrate on a participatory creative
process that builds watershed awareness through direct experience. All
activities will involve pre-work for the students, and will be aligned
to Show Me Standards. Three different types of educational activities
are being offered to classroom teachers for the coming school year.
Classroom facilitation for hands-on experiments on water
quality, polluted runoff, and watersheds. In 2004, Team Watershed
volunteers visited middle school classrooms at Dora, Ava, Fairview,
Bakersfield, and Glenwood schools. In 2005 and 2006, Missouri
Master Naturalists volunteered at WaterFest.
Digital Photo Library is a collection
of photo albums with images that students may use to illustrate schoolwork
about various subjects. The Photo Library owes its existence to our dedicated
volunteers and staff and the generous photographers, some amateurs, some
professionals, who are willing to share their remarkable images.
Our Community Partners University of Missouri Extension, Missouri Department
of Conservation, Missouri State University-West Plains, and local businesses
and school districts are partnering with us on the Our Watersheds, Our
development of content for Our Watersheds, Our Homes is funded through
the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency Region VII, through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources,
has provided partial funding for this project under Section 319 of the
Clean Water Act.