The Watershed Project

How can understanding the watershed help us to build a more thriving web of life in our schools and communities? 

The watershed is the web of life.

It is an interdependent network of natural systems that require nurturing in order to thrive.

The goal of The Watershed Project is to deepen our understanding and sense of ownership in the health of the watershed, and how the health of the watershed is interwoven with the health of our communities.


The project is limited to six school teams on a first-come-first-served basis.


Schools may join The Watershed Project by forming a team of at least three teachers/staff to attend the Project Design Lab, July 12-15 in Montpelier.


At the Project Design Lab, your team will co-create an arts-integrated multi-disciplinary curriculum project alongside master teaching artists and national leaders in project-based learning and creativity.

Teachers receive three graduate credits or a certificate for 35 professional development hours.

Each school team receives:

  • Two teaching artist residencies, 12 days total (visual art and photography/videography).

  • Energy Teaching Partner Workshops and consultations on science and climate change integration, provided by VEEP (Vermont Energy Education Program).

  • Outdoor workshops on the watershed led by Friends of the Winooski River or Friends of the Mad River.

  • Staff support to develop local community partners for your project.

  • PR/media and production support for your project's culminating event.

School teams must consist of three or more teachers/staff. 


"This has been the best professional development in my 27-year teaching career. The faculty was amazing."

Photo: Ember Photography

How can I bring the Watershed Project to my school & community?

Educators from a school district or school build a Watershed Project team of at least three (any combination of teachers, staff and administrators) and attend the Project Design Lab, July 12-15, in Montpelier. Young people are also encouraged to participate on their school/district team.


Participating educators earn graduate or continuing education credits, and young people can earn school proficiencies. 


To bring the Watershed Project to your school and community next year, learn more about forming a school team and registering to attend the Project Design Lab here

For more information, contact Partnerships Manager Claire Tebbs: email, (802) 377-5384.


Watershed Project Teaching Artists

Alissa Faber

Alissa is an artist, designer, and educator. She holds a bachelors in Fine Arts and has a background in arts-integrated school residencies and afterschool eduction. Faber graduated from Alfred University with a degree in sculpture and has worked in glass and ceramic studios across the country. Much of her work is directly influenced by teachable moments and student questions. Alissa's sculptures and installations are about interacting with each material so viewers can see the fluidity of hot glass, feel the texture of clay or see the vibrancy in natural materials. 

Renee Greenlee

Renee began her career in the nonprofit sector after receiving her Masters degrees in both Communication and Theology. She then created and managed programs for low-income communities, photographing the people and places impacted by these services. After completing an intensive photography program, she shifted to making work and teaching photography full time. She envisions the practice of photography as communication; a dialogue between light, memory and the meaning of making an image.

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Harris and Frances Block Foundation

Lake Champlain Basin Program

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