• Pine Lake insect life
  • Pine Lake Field Station Researchers
  • Pine Lake Field Station Researchers
  • Pine Lake Field Station Researchers

Summer Teacher Workshop

Each summer, 12-15 K-12 teachers from school districts in the Upper Susquehanna River watershed are invited to participate in a week-long workshop at Hartwick's Pine Lake Environmental Campus. In addition, the workshop will include three pre-service education interns who may opt to work with in-service teachers during the school year.  For more information, download the 2014 Summer Workshop Flier.

Workshop Application Materials

Download the 2014 Summer Teacher Workshop Application and the Implementation Award Application. (To download these files, you must have Adobe Reader.)

Field-based Learning Experiences
Faculty and watershed experts will lead a number of field-based learning activities that can be adapted and incorporated into K-12 classes, including:

Hike to Mud Lake (a glacial, acidic, kettlehole bog)  
Learn about terrestrial and forest ecology as it relates to watershed dynamics
Stream sampling and identification of macro invertebrates
Biological, chemical, and physical sampling and testing of Charlotte Creek
Assessment of threats and restoration of the Pine Lake watershed
Boat trip on Lake Otsego, headwaters of the Susquehanna River

Workshop Agenda
The summer teacher workshop focuses on active learning and curriculum development shaped by several key questions:

·      What is a watershed?
·      Why are watersheds important? 
·      How do we study watersheds?
·      What are the main threats to the Upper Susquehanna watershed?
·      How do we protect, maintain, and restore watersheds?
·      How do we deliver MWEEs in and out of the classroom?

     Proposed schedule for Summer Watershed Education Workshops for Teachers:








What is a watershed?

Why are watersheds important?

How do we study watersheds?

How do we protect watersheds?

How do we deliver MWEEs?



Overview of Chesapeake Bay and Susquehanna River watershed (NOAA)

Field Trip in Pine Lake Watershed

Watersheds as living systems: biology, ecology, hydrology, geology, biogeochemistry (Hartwick)

Teaching watersheds using NOAA materials and databases

Outdoor studies of Pine Lake watershed: surveys, soil/water quality, species identifications, data collection.

Use GPS, GIS technology in the field.

Threats and protecting watersheds: non-point pollution, acid deposition, invasive species

(Hartwick and regional experts)

Integrating scientific  research into classroom teaching:

Field Trip on Otsego Lake with SUNY Biological Field Station


  Teachers will develop inquiry-based activities to engage students both in and outside the classroom with the input of content experts.


Debriefing sessions from the questions and activities of the day that will facilitate, enhance, and assess teaching and learning.