Watershed Workbooks for the Ossipee Watershed schools in Effingham, Freedom, Madison, Ossipee, Sandwich and Tamworth are a continuous work in progress. In 2010, GMCG was funded by the Dorr Foundation and New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to start it’s work with local schools, teachers, students, volunteers, and partner organizations to develop the workbook. The focus of the workbook is watershed-specific education, data collection, service learning and field-oriented activities and presentations that encourage watershed stewardship and community service. Workbook activities are correlated to the NH state science standards, and cover multiple disciplines including art and math.
Each spring, as part of the School Program Initiative, which includes the development of the Watershed Workbook, over 150 local students from K.A. Brett School, Ossipee Central School, Tamworth Learning Circles, and Mustang Academy/Madison Elementary School participate in a groundwater education program known as GET WET! Through a partnership with Teresa Thornton (University of Maine), GMCG was able to bring GET WET! (Groundwater Education Through Water Evaluation and Testing) to NH and the Ossipee Watershed. Students collect important water quality data that helps create a long-term groundwater quality database for the towns of Effingham, Freedom, Madison, Ossipee, Sandwich, and Tamworth that share the Ossipee Aquifer as a drinking water resource. With the assistance of many community volunteers, students test their own personal well water for pH, chloride, iron, hardness, nitrates, and conductivity.
CLICK HERE for more information about GET WET! Funding for the GET WET! program was provided by the United States Department of Agriculture, Lakes Region Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and the Dorr Foundation.