Curriculum Modules

Bridging the Watershed curriculumBTW offers 5 core modules, as well as a host of park-specific curriculum units, that offer classroom lessons to prepare students for their field studies, guidance for data analysis after a field study, and background information on the subjects covered in the module. The BTW curricula builds on the constructivist pedagogy and uses the 5 E’s of the teaching/learning cycle – Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate – as its format. All activities are student-directed, with the teacher acting as the guide/facilitator. All lessons are correlated to national, state, and local education standards.

Only individuals who have attended a Bridging the Watershed training can receive the entire curricula for the core modules. Some resources are available via links on this website, while more extensive online resources are only available to trained Bridging the Watershed individuals. Contact Bridging the Watershed if you are a trained individual who has misplaced their curricula.

The Five Core Modules

Exotic Invaders: Assessing Exotic Invasive Species
Don’t Get Sedimental: Runoff and Sediment in the River
Talkin’ Trash: Make a Litter Difference
Water Canaries: Assessing Benthic Macroinvertebrates
Watershed Watchdogs: Assessing Water Quality

The Park Specific Modules

Battle to Save Water Quality: A Module Written for Monocacy National Battlefield
Herring Highway: A Module Written for Rock Creek Park
Mine over Matter: A Module Written for Prince William Forest Park
Potomac Gorge: A Module Written for C&O Canal National Historical Park and George Washington Memorial Parkway
Urban Pools: A Module Written for The National Mall and Memorial Parks
Water Power: A Module Written for Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Native Plant Restoration Curriculum

Native Plant Restoration Project: A Module Written in partnership with Prince George’s County Public Schools for grade 7 students and teachers.