Watershed Education Training Institute
Under the umbrella of the Millersville University Center for Environmental Sciences (MUCES) the Watershed Education Training Institute (WETi) was established in 2015 by Drs. John Wallace (Biology) and Nanette Marcum - Dietrich (Education Foundations) and inaugurated in 2016. Located on Millersville campus at Creek Lodge, WETi provides a variety of watershed conservation programs for people of all ages and backgrounds.
The facility provides an ideal location to hold field classes for Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Geography courses as well as science education classes within the College of Education. Funding provided through multiple external grants provides WETi with the ability to organize and host several educational workshops for children and adults through-out the year.
WETi works with local collaborators (the Stroud Water Research Center, Lancaster Conservancy, Lancaster County Community Foundation, Resource Environmental Solutions, LLC, OLNI and Pennsylvania State Parks) to bring the highest quality curricula and science driven research to its programs.
Is to foster watershed stewardship and student/faculty research for the region through the development of innovative science-based programs, address the impacts of historically destructive land-use practices and policies across multiple watersheds, while training and educating people of all ages and backgrounds on watershed advocacy and research.
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Check out WETi's Dr. Nanette Dietrich and Zach Krauss's most recent publication in the Journal of Environmental Education with co-authors - Steve Kerlin, Amanda Hendrix, Nicole Sorhagen, and Carolyn Staudt! See - Model my watershed: an investigation into the role of big data, technology, and models in promoting student interest in watershed action.
The MU Blog talks about the recently received NOAA grant and the Shared Waters: An Upstream-Downstream Collaborative project between Millersville, Penn Manor, Virginia Wesleyan University, and Norfolk Collegiate School. The article also includes quotes from Dr. Marcum-Dietrich on the use of the grant funding.
Lancaster Online talks about the Shared Waters joint project between Millersville and Penn Manor School District to inform and inspire future generations on watershed protection! The article includes quotes from WETi's Dr. Dietrich and more about environmental education, as well as discussing the use the $400,000 NOAA grant.
NOAA is recommending $2.6 million in funding for NOAA Chesapeake Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) projects to support environmental literacy. We are excited to work with Penn Manor on our Shared Waters project!
The Netflix show 'The Innocence Files' featured Dr. Wallace's work, which helped to exonerate an innocent man! Read the article for more details on the case.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that 43 projects to clean up waters in the Southcentral PA region will collectively receive more than $12 million in funding through their Growing Greener program. 15 of the selected projects are in Lancaster!
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