A successful Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) includes activities both within and outside of the classroom, often including full-day field experiences outside of school. The EE Council sponsors the Watershed Festival which meets current MWEE requirements. This educational festival focuses on aquatic and biological activities demonstrating our relationship to the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The participating exhibitors are organizations and governmental agencies who work with schools and VA Science Standards of Learning (SOLs) along with how citizens can protect their watersheds thus protecting our local wildlife, migratory birds, groundwater and soil quality. The Watershed Festival also focuses on an appreciation of the Shore’s natural and cultural heritage. Each year the festival is held for all sixth graders in Accomack and Northampton Counties.
2019 Watershed Festival: Accomack County
Over 300 sixth grade students from Arcadia Middle School and Nandua Middle School attended the Accomack County Watershed Festival on April 9th and 10th, 2019. The event was held at Makemie Monument Park in Temperanceville, VA.
2019 Watershed Festival: Northampton County
Nearly 150 sixth grade students from Cape Charles Christian School, Kiptopeke Elementary School, Occohanock Elementary School and Broadwater Academy attended the Northampton County Watershed Festival on April 11, 2019. The event was held at Kiptopeke State Park in Cape Charles, VA.
Many thanks to the partner agencies and volunteers who helped to make this 3-day event a success for ESVA 6th grade students!