Watershed Lessons Learned from Girl Scouts

girl_scoutsTeachers always impress us with Stream Team creativity, and Girl Scouts leaders are no exception. In our archives, we found an sample of troop meeting lessons from 1994. Ancient history, perhaps, but the issues they talked about are just as relevant 20 years later. Download a pdf of the lesson plans here.

Here’s a teaser assignment: 

“Pretend you sprayed your lawn with a chemical to kill fleas and ticks. That week it rained quite hard, and water ran off your lawn. Where did the chemical probably end up? Trace it as far as you can, walking or using maps if needed. Name all the watersheds you live in.”

That’s no small request, but I have a feeling these scouts pulled it off without a hitch.

Later, the scouts traced all the tributaries in their watershed on larger maps. Their leader, Carolyn Glenn, noted that the excercise “made quite an impression on them.” No kidding. We bet that many of the girls at those meetings are strong environmental leaders in their communities today.

Girl Scouts stenciling storm drains in West Plains. Photo from the Bryant Creek Watershed Project.
Girl Scouts stenciling storm drains in West Plains. Photo from the Bryant Creek Watershed Project.

That’s not all the Girl Scouts do to keep Missouri streams healthy. In the past several years, we’ve seen them painting stormwater stencils in West Plains, collecting dozens of bags of trash at Castlewood State Park, and working alongside hardened River Relief veterans in St. Charles — and that’s only scratching the surface. You go, girls!

How are you using Stream Team in your local club or organization? We’d love to share some of your examples! Leave us a comment or contact Holly at hollyneill@mstwc.org.

25th-ST_Logo-Color-FinalApril is “Stream Team in the Schools Month,” part of “25 Days of Stream Team.” We’ll be sharing lesson plans, stories, and classroom ideas throughout the coming weeks. If you like what you see, please share with your friends!

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