NC DWR Water Education: Winter Update, 2021

Tuesday, January 5, 2021 - 10:57am

Greetings Water Educators!

This winter update is intended to keep you afloat with the latest developments from DWR’s Office of Water Education.  As we launch into the new year, we are trying new approaches to offering programs and resources with our ever-changing world.  If you’d like to get involved with any of our programs, please reach out to me (!

Project WET: This program has traditionally been offered as a face-to-face workshop, but this year we are setting it up to be offered online using Google Classroom paired with 2 live meetings.  The online training is worth 6 credit hours for Environmental Education Certificate. NC licensed educators can also use this course for PD credit, (but remember some counties require pre-approval for PD.)  Interested in signing up?  Click here to learn who’s offering workshops this year!  (Workshops are added throughout the year, so check back often.)

It’s Our Water: The It’s Our Water free online course has been a huge hit with educators learning about North Carolina’s hydrology.  This course is great for educators who are developing their understanding of North Carolina’s water resources.  Whether you’re not sure what river basin you live in or you’re in your 25th year teaching the 8th grade hydrosphere unit, this course has something to offer everyone! This is a completely asynchronous online module that can be completed at your own pace.  We will be transferring this course over to Google Classrooms during the beginning of this year, but it’s still accessible through Schoology upon request. 

NC Stream Watch: 2020 was a big year for NC Stream Watch because it got a new dashboard and interface.  We hope to enhance this program throughout 2021 by creating regionalized NC Stream Watch leaders.  Are you interested in being an NC Stream Watch Leader in your community?  Email me to let me know!  

NC Climate Education Network: The NCCEN is a developing program that aims to connect educators with climate professionals and scientists.  Just around the corner, we are hosting our first Open House for educators to connect virtually.  We want to offer other programs to support NC educators, so to stay informed feel free to sign up for our periodic emails and updates. You can also register today to join us on January 26, 2021 at 3:00 for our Open House! This network is lead by a partnership between educators from NC DEQ, NC Climate Office, and North Carolina Sea Grant.  

NC Climate Education Network Art Contest Award Winners: The NCCEN recently announced the art contest winners from our fall contest.  We received over 150 entries from K-12 students all over North Carolina. The entries were grouped into 3 categories: Drawing, Photography, and Poetry.  We loved the creative submissions we received, you can peruse through them yourself!  Also, many thanks to our judges: Kathryn Rende, Emma Refvem, Pamela Huff, Ann Daisy, Parker Kellum, Sarah Spiegler, Melissa Dowland, and Mike Dunn. To view the winners, click here and scroll down to the section about the Climate Resiliency Art Contest!

NC Creek Week Network: This network will continue to have meetings every other month throughout 2021.  We feature guest speakers during each meeting to offer inspiration and innovative ideas for Creek Week and other outreach providers throughout NC. Each meeting aims to support its members by offering ideas, answering questions, sharing grant opportunities, and helping each other brainstorm possibilities for outreach.  To view previous meeting notes from November, click here. 

That about wraps it up! I encourage anyone interested in these programs to reach out to learn more.   I feel that it is my job to connect all educators with the latest in scientific research and current events surrounding North Carolina’s water!  I’m always happy to offer specific support.  


Helpful links:

NC Water Education Website

NC Climate Education Website

NC Creek Week Network

It’s Our Water Curriculum Overview

NC DEQ Press Releases


Project WET NC on Twitter (@ProjectWETNC)

Lauren Daniel