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2008 Science on the Green Agenda and Workshop choices

Late September 2008 marked the 3rd anniversary for Science on the Green in Waterbury.  For the first time, there was also an alternate date and event in southern Vermont. Science at the Hatchery took place at the Pittsford National Fish Hatchery in North Chittenden, VT.

Waterbury: 2008's events were aimed at the 4-8th grade level and offered three different structures for the workshops/fieldtrips:

Field trips were off-site and were the full morning or half morning activity.
The second choice was a focused area of study with a set of three similar workshops grouped together.
The third choice was Workshops: Classes could pick three different workshops representing the different areas of work we do in the Agency (45 minutes each).

Field Trips & Focused Studies in or near Waterbury:

  • Ben & Jerry's Factory & Wastewater Facility Tour
  • Geology Hike
  • Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Tour
  • Leave No Trace with Wonderful Water Critters
  • Mountain Biking
  • The Health of a Watershed - focused area of study
  • The Science & Art of Trail Maintenance
  • The Waste Cycle - focused area of study
  • Water and the Land - focused area of study
  • Waterbury Drinking Water System
  • Waterbury Wastewater Treatment Plant - focused area of study

Workshops in Waterbury:

  • ANR Laboratories Tour
  • Feel The Dirt
  • Backyard Climate Change...DO Try This at Home
  • Birds in Trees
  • Electro Fishing
  • Greener Skies Today, For Bluer Skies Tomorrow: The Future of Transportation
  • Groundwater Hydrogeology Modeling
  • Laser Hunter Shooting Simulator
  • Law Enforcement - Canine demonstration
  • Low Impact Camping
  • Mercury Education and Reduction
  • Playing with Worms: Vermicomposting
  • Seeing the Forest Through the Insects
  • Tour of the Hazardous Materials Spill Rig
  • What's In It? A Look at Raw Materials and Products We Use Every Day

Pittsford Fish Hatchery: In 2008, the first year of Science at the Hatchery, VT-ANR presented a series of focused workshops at the Pittsford National Fish Hatchery. This location lends itself well as a site for the dedicated professionals at the Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the USFS to provide focused workshops on important environmental aspects, including topics in Fisheries Management, Stream Ecology and Water Supply. Listed below are descriptions of the various topics/workshops that were presented. Each class participated in 3 activities, including the Fish Hatchery tour.

Focused Workshops at the Pittsford Fish Hatchery:

  • USFWS Fish Hatchery Tour
  • Water and the Land - The Flume Model
  • Groundwater Hydrogeology Modeling
  • Stream Ecology Hike
  • Electro Fishing
  • A Tour of the Proctor Drinking Water System - Water Source Area & Treatment Fieldtrip
  • Stream Ecology - Macro invertebrate ID
  • Project WET Activity - The Incredible Journey
picnic lunch

12:00 noon – 1:00 In both Waterbury and Pitssford - Environmentally Responsible Lunch Recycling and compost bins were made available and solid waste was collected and analyzed for waste prevention and reduction opportunities

and ... In Waterbury during the lunch hour, there was live music by ...
"Count Bracey and the Inconvenient Truth"
- these musicians are all ANR staff members

and... at the Hatchery during the lunch hour, there was a tour of the
The Hazardous Materials Spill Rig
The Vermont Hazardous Materials Response Team had one of our response trucks available to demonstrate the abilities of the team and equipment used at uncontrolled hazardous materials spills.

1:00 Bus Departure

Science on the Green Contact Information:

Rebecca Phelps

802-583-7502 Rebecca.Phelps@state.vt.us
Rob Farley 802-371-7616 Rob.Farley@state.vt.us

Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3901

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