Most residents of Hartford don’t realize that 100% of their drinking water comes from the Farmington River. Indeed, over 600,000 people in the Greater Hartford area and Farmington Valley receive their water from the Farmington River each year. This means that protecting water quality in the Farmington River is in the region’s best interest, but until this connection is made apparent through education, protecting the river will remain a remote rather than an immediate priority. If river protection remains only a priority for environmentalists, the chances of sustaining river protection are greatly reduced.
The Farmington River Watershed Association (FRWA) partnered with Sotoria Montanari at the Holcomb Environmental Literacy Center in Granby to assemble 30 lessons geared toward 2nd, 7th, and 10th grade teachers, respectively. They communicate about the cultural, historical, wildlife, and water resources of the Farmington River Watershed. The place-based environmental curriculum materials were developed from national environmental curricula such as Project WET, Project Wild-Aquatic, and the Conserve Water Educator’s Guide. The curricula are age-appropriate, easy to implement, complementary with state curriculum standards, and supported by facts and data from the FRWA.
These lessons are grouped into 6 categories, each with 5 supporting lessons:
- Water, Its Uses and Importance
- The Farmington River Watershed
- Watershed Ecosystems
- Going Back to the Past
- Water Pollution and Monitoring
- Water Conservation
FRWA maintains a library of materials on the Farmington River at its offices as well as supports staff expertise that we are very willing to share. FRWA continues to offer one-day or one event presentations to meet the specific requests of various organizations. In addition, the FRWA conducts annual educational canoe trips and makes presentations to municipalities, school groups, garden clubs, and other community organizations. Contact Aimee Petras if you have any education questions or curriculum requests.