Flathead teachers participate in water education workshop
POLSON, Mont. —
On Saturday conservationists held a workshop to make sure future generations understand the diverse water issue Montana faces.
Participants studied pages as the National Parks Service taught a workshop on different water topics at the Flathead Lake Biological Station.
Teachers from across the Flathead Valley took part.
"It's a curriculum guide, workshop and activities to give teachers and educators in any setting the tools that are beneficial to teach about water," said Project WET Facilitator and National Park Service worker Steven Thompson.
Project WET is an international education foundation that works to educate teachers on diverse water issues, so they can share with their students.
"The important thing about having a workshop like this is you don't realize how much you have until you realize what others don't have. We have a great resource here and we take water for granted every day," said Whitefish Independent High School teacher, Al Hammel.
One classroom activity centers on sharing water to teach about water rights.
"You can use it to kind of infuse reading, writing, science, history and art. So it is very comprehensive,” said Hedges Elementary teacher, Melaina Ames.
The workshop was free, thanks to the Glacier National Park Conservancy
"As a Montana teacher, I really appreciate having opportunities like these to really explore and get outside the normal realm of education," Hammel told NBC Montana.
This is the first time a Project WET workshop was held for Flathead school teachers. Thompson and the participating teachers hope it won't be the last.