Journal of Science Education and Technology

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 15-23

First online:

Bringing Science to Life Through Community-Based Watershed Education

  • Timothy P. Donahue
  • , Lisa Bryce Lewis
  • , Lawrence F. Price
  • , David C. Schmidt

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Four elements of successful student-scientist partnerships (SSPs) have been identified through experience in a wide variety of educational settings. SSPs should: use an inquiry-based approach to education; be built around authentic, community-based investigations; let students be scientists; and allow scientists to be educators. Each element is discussed and illuminated with examples from case studies of watershed education programs that are based on an interdisciplinary, action-oriented watershed education model developed by the Global Rivers Environmental Education Network (GREEN).

Community education environment inquiry watershed