Alabama Rivers Educator Workshops

by | Aug 16, 2019 | Alabama Water Watch, Uncategorized

This summer, AWW launched a brand-new curriculum and set of educator workshops focused on the book, Alabama Rivers: A Celebration & Challenge, by former AWW Director, Dr. Bill Deutsch. The project was made possible with special funding from the Alabama Bicentennial Commission (Alabama 200), support of the Auburn University and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

A lesson plan focused on geology, “Towel Tectonics” has been a crowd favorite with our workshop participants!

The project resulted in An Educator’s Guide to Alabama Rivers that has 9 Modules that are based on the River Celebrations presented in the book:

Each Module contains 1-3 lessons that are correlated to the Alabama Course of Study for grades 4-7 for subjects including social science, science, and visual arts, but can be easily adapted for other grade levels and subjects. In addition, the Guide provides educators with tools that can be utilized to create additional lessons.

Educators at our AL Rivers Workshop at Five Rivers Delta in Spanish Fort testing out the activity, “Food Web Cup Stack.”

To date, a total of 4 workshops have been facilitated around the state. During each workshop, the educators have received a copy of Alabama Rivers: A Celebration & Challenge, An Educator’s Guide to Alabama Rivers, and some teaching materials. They have also had the option to receive Continuing Education Units for their participation. Partners from each hosting organization have contributed knowledge unique to the location. In addition, each workshop has included a water-related field trip or activity that educators could potentially replicate with their students. Educators who have participated have included: formal teachers who will use the curriculum in their classrooms, 4-H agents who will adapt the lessons for club activities and in-school enrichment, as well as other informal educations and community volunteers.

So far, the curriculum has been well-received and participants have provided valuable feedback that AWW Staff will use for its improvement.

Playing in Swingle Creek and looking for aquatic macroinvertebrates for our AL Rivers Workshop at Pioneer Park in Loachapoka, AL!

2020 Workshop Dates will be revealed soon!

Contact the AWW Office with any questions!

Our Five Rivers Delta AL Rivers Workshop in Spanish Fort took a boat cruise of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta.


Auburn University Water Resources Center
ALFA Agricultural Services and Research Building
961 S Donahue Drive
Auburn, AL 36840