Public Education and Involvement

One of the ways that Friends of Northern Lake Champlain works to educate and involve the public is by offering opportunities for public meetings, events, and more recently developing educational opportunities in schools and in the community.

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Kari Dolan, Ecosystem Restoration Program and Paul Hansen, FNLC Board Member at the Summer BBQ in Georgia.

We are very active in the watershed during the spring in summer months with events at the Tyler Place, an annual summer BBQ and meeting, family friendly sporting events that bring citizens to the shores of the Lake to support a great cause and connect to the natural beauty of the region.  We also have two farmer meetings per year, one in the summer and one in the winter in an effort to bring all of the various stakeholders together to focus on solutions that are available. This year, FNLC launched a show on Northwest Access TV in an effort to bring the conversation to a wider, more public audience to help everyone understand the problem and the proposed solutions.  Click here to be directed to our VIMEO Page that has an archive of our shows. Check for our newest episodes!

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Helen Yurchenko, City School Science Curriculum Teacher, Julie Moore, Engineer Stone Environmental, and Heather Smith, Farm to School Coordinator for St. Albans City School discuss options for the LCBP Grant application.

Our work in schools this year has included an Inquiry Based Education Project about Lake Champlain at BFA St. Albans with Jeff Moulton’s Vermont History class.  We also assisted City School with a rain garden and education grant from the Lake Champlain Basin Program and we are working with a class on an erosion project at Hard’Ack and Aldis Hill. Our AmeriCorps member, Katy Lord, has been making the rounds to local schools presenting a watershed model, which demonstrates how pollutants on the ground make their way into local waterways! Our next big project is to develop a community based watershed program with libraries up and downstream in our watershed.

Students at Sheldon Elementary School and St. Albans City School learned about non-point source pollution.

Students at Sheldon Elementary School and St. Albans City School learned about non-point source pollution.