Teaching Aids and Resources

 

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Video Resources

Digital Resources

Audio Resources

By Students, For Students

Many Watershed Education Grants to schools and organizations have resulted in videos, books and other products created by students as lasting reflections of what they’ve learned, and as teaching tools for future students and teachers. A few are shared here.

VIDEO RESOURCES


1.

Deep Water: Building the Catskill Water System,

WEBSITE – View on Documentary World  a 45-minute documentary on development of the Catskill Supply of the NYC Water System. Produced by Willow Mixed Media.

View a 21-minute version of a film about the development of the Catskill Water System here.

Click here for a Teachers Guide.

2.

Living City: A Billion Gallons a Day

WEBSITE – View on YouTube

3.

Watershed Forestry Education YouTube Playlist

WEBSITE – View on YouTube

A collection of forestry related videos compiled by the Watershed Agricultural Council.

 4.

Poetry of a Watershed Stream

WEBSITE — View on YouTube

6.5 minute video by Tobe Carey celebrates with 4-season footage and music one stream that feeds into the Ashokan Reservoir of the Catskill Mountains. A calming interlude during busy, stressful days.

5.

The Price of Water

Website — View on Time and the Valleys Museum

A short video documentary in four parts featuring interviews with several negotiators of the NYC Memorandum of Agreement, and of the farm program, as well as others involved in watershed protection efforts. Produced for Time & The Valleys Museum.

6.

What is a Watershed?

Website — View on YouTube

3-Minute video produced by Missouri and Mississippi Divide Resource Conservation & Development. Inc.

7.

The Human Water Cycle

WEBSITE — View on Science 360

A Science 360 video series of four five-minute videos exploring connections between water, food and energy.

8.

Trout in the Classroom

WEBSITE — View on NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection

A 4-minute video describing this program through which trout are raised in classroom tanks, creating young watershed stewards.

 

DIGITAL RESOURCES


9.

Water: H2O=Life

WEBSITE — American Museum of Natural History

Series of animations, done in conjunction with major water exhibit at American Museum of Natural History, about where NYC water comes from, how it gets to the city and what happens after it goes down the drain.

10.

Digital Macroinvertebrate ID Cards

WEBSITE — View at Ed Engleman

Free download with photos description, habitat, and life cycle information.

11.

Flo: The Watershed Project

WEBSITE — Flo: The Watershed Project

An artistic, scientific and educational game simulation project about the vital importance of water. Players use the Microsoft Kinect (or WASD/arrow keys) to control the life of a water droplet as it flows down streams, creeks, tributaries, then through reservoirs, tunnels and aqueducts to become drinking water in New York City!

12.

The Gilboa Fossils

Contact: Kristin Wyckoff
607-588-9413
WEBSITE — Gilboa Museum Presents
(See Field Trips for Gilboa Museum)

Interactive website focused on the oldest tree fossils ever found, uncovered during construction of Gilboa Dam of Schoharie Reservoir. Online activities. 30-minute video, produced by Gilboa Historical Society, available for purchase.

13.

Harvest of Songs

WEBSITE — Harvest of Songs

CD and associated website featuring 10 recordings of songs on topics related to gardening, farming and the NYC Watershed, as well as standards-aligned classroom activities. Free downloads of student-created tunes and curricula materials.

14.

New York City Recreation Areas

WEBSITE — NYC DEP / Maps

This interactive map includes boat launch sites, hiking trails, day use areas and fishing sites on New York City lands and reservoirs in the WOH Watershed.
For information on recreational access permits and group passes, go to Recreation on NYCDEP’s website,
www.nyc.gov/dep.

AUDIO RESOURCES


15.

Behind the Scenes:
The Inside Story of the Watershed Agreement

Transcripts, photos of interviewees, audio documentary and timeline available at
http://cwconline.org/a-history-of-the-moa/

12 interviews with people involved in negotiations for the 1997 NYC Watershed Memorandum of Agreement, plus…

16.

The Battle for Water: One Big City, Many Little Towns

Transcripts, photos of interviewees, audio documentary and timeline available at
http://cwconline.org/a-history-of-the-moa/

60-minute audio documentary using excerpts from “Behind the Scenes” oral history tapes.

17.

Voices from the Valleys

Produced by Time & The Valleys Museum.
Order CD here:
http://www.timeandthevalleysmuseum.org/product-category/all/cds/

Interviews with 15 former residents of communities claimed for the Neversink and Rondout Reservoirs.

BY STUDENTS, FOR STUDENTS


18.

Shavertown: Reservoir of Memories

To purchase, call the Andes Central School
845-676-3166.

40-minute documentary/oral history on one of the communities taken for the Pepacton Reservoir. Produced by Andes Central School students directed by teachers Wendy Redden and Colleen Heavey.

19.

Remembering Cannonsville

WEBSITE — View on the Walton Central School website

Watch third-graders at Townsend Elementary in Walton, Delaware County recite their winning poem in the 2017 Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest, which is put on by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection.

20.

Trout in the Classroom

WEBSITE — View on Trout Unlimited Website

See the program from the student perspective. Sixth graders from the Woodstock Day School recorded their TIC project from eggs to release in this clever 19-minute video.

21.

Digital Macroinvertebrate ID Cards

WEBSITE — View at Ed Engelman

Free download with photos description, habitat, and life cycle information.

22.
Flo: The Watershed Project

WEBSITE — Flo: The Watershed Project

An artistic, scientific and educational game simulation project about the vital importance of water. Players use the Microsoft Kinect (or WASD/arrow keys) to control the life of a water droplet as it flows down streams, creeks, tributaries, then through reservoirs, tunnels and aqueducts to become drinking water in New York City!

23.
Bennett Science Kids

WEBSITE — Vimeo

This 27-minute video was produced by the Watershed Detectives, a yearlong watershed education program for students at Bennett Intermediate School of Onteora Central School District, Boiceville. An exploration of the physical composition, possible threats, and importance of protecting streams and water quality in the Ashokan watershed, the video was supported by Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County, and Catskill watershed Corp. in cooperation with the NYC DEP.