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Red River Valley RESTORE

Purpose

The Red River Valley RESTORE (Restoration, Education, Science, Training, Outreach for Regional Education) is a collaborative initiative with the Moorhead Area Public and private schools, River Keepers, Minnesota State University-Moorhead's Regional Science Center, City of Moorhead and other regional watershed resource organizations will enhance existing local environmental education efforts. This project will integrate Earth Partnership Water Stewardship, place and project-based professional development and community engagement into in-service training and a week-long summer institutes for educators and community partners. This will lead to service-learning projects for riparian restoration, habitat restoration and storm water mitigation and education at schools and community sites.

Partners

Activities

The lead team was formed and included the MSUM Buffalo River Science Center, River Keepers, MSUM Science Department, Moorhead Public Schools, Fargo Public Schools and Earth Partnership. They met numerous times to discuss curriculum, workshop logistics, best time to hold the workshop for teachers, brochure design, additional grant opportunities, and outcomes.

MSUM Regional Science Center and River Keepers both presented information at the workshop. Both organizations continue to have conversations regarding how we can work better together and with the local school districts, and development of curriculum integrated plans.

The MSUM Buffalo River Science Center, River Keepers, Moorhead Public Schools, and MSUM planned the Red River Watershed Stewardship Workshop held June 15-19, 2015. This has strengthened the partnership between MSUM Science Center, River Keepers and Moorhead Public Schools. The Earth Partnership curriculum was used in the workshop. After discussions with school administration, we have found that it is easier to work with the teachers in each school rather than try to incorporate in-service days. Ten teachers participated from four different districts. The institute was held in a variety of locations depending on the topic being taught.

Outcomes

2015 Summer Institute was held with 7 Moorhead Public School teachers, 1 Fargo Public School teacher, 1 Oak Grove (Private) teacher, 1 rural Comstock, MN resident (currently teaching in Wyoming), 2 MSUM interns, 2 River Keepers staff, and 2 River Keepers interns. Evaluation results showed strong change with the 22 items such as their knowledge of watersheds, riparian restoration, native plants, macroinvertebrates, prairies, etc. in the pre-post survey evaluation.

Red River Watershed Stewardship RESTORE Workshop (PDF)
Red River Watershed Stewardship Workshop Brochure (PDF)
Pictures from the Workshop (PDF)

Funding

$14,200

Leveraged Resources

River Keepers - $3500
Moorhead Schools - $8500
Minnesota State University Moorhead - $2000

 

Project Start Date: 3/10/2015
Project End Date: 5/31/2016

Last updated 2-18-2016

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