Watershed Game Train-the-Trainer Workshop (Day 1 of 2)

Watershed Game Train-the-Trainer Workshop (Day 1 of 2)
6/23/21, 12:00 pm - 6/23/21, 4:30 pm

Save the Dates: June 23 and 24, noon to 4:30 p.m.

Registration information will be available at the end of May.

UMD's web event form currently does not display multiple-day events. Please note that this is a two-day event: June 23 from noon to 4:30 p.m. and June 24 from noon to 4:30 p.m.

The Watershed Game table board showing a cartoon drawing of a coastal community.

What: This two-day train-the-trainer workshop is for educators and water resource outreach professionals to learn how to facilitate Minnesota Sea Grant's nationally recognized Watershed Game (WSG).

Why: The WSG is a series of active, hands-on simulations for local leaders, educators, and students that demonstrate how they can address nonpoint source pollution and the effects of that pollution on community water resources.

More: Nonpoint source pollution (NSP), unlike pollution from industrial or sewage treatment plants, comes from diffuse sources. NPS pollution is caused by rainfall or snowmelt moving over and through the ground. As runoff moves, it picks up and moves natural and human-made pollutants, often finally depositing them into lakes, rivers, streams, coastal waters and ground water.

Versions: Minnesota Sea Grant's WSG versions address each of those final water bodies: Lake, Stream, River, and - new in 2021- Coast.

Workshop: The June workshop will include demonstration and training for how to facilitate the following WSG models:

  • The Watershed Game for Local Leaders River Model
  • The Watershed Game for Local Leaders Stream Model
  • The Watershed Game for Local Leaders Lake Model
  • The Watershed Game for Local Leaders Coast Model
  • The Watershed Game for Classroom Version Stream Model

The training will also provide an update on progress on the Classroom Version Coast Model and work toward creating virtual WSG versions.

Collaborators: This train-the-trainer training is made possible through Minnesota Sea Grant in collaboration with the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, Alabama Water Institute, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, NOAA Office for Coastal Management, and the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center. 

John Bilotta, jbilotta@umn.edu
University of Minnesota, Stormwater Research and Technology Transfer Program
Senior Research and Extension Coordinator
UMN Minnesota Sea Grant
Extension Educator