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“A Boatload of Learning! The Wonders of Watersheds Workshops”

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For the 13th year, the Geauga and Portage Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) sponsored the Wonders of Watersheds (WOW) education workshops in June 2012.  A total of 20 workshop participants traveled to unique ecosystems including wetlands, bogs, a freshwater estuary and Lake Erie.  Pictured here, teachers and facilitators of the Advanced WOW workshop explored Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve and participated in water sampling research on Lake Erie.  The workshop was made possible through an ODNR Division of Soil and Water Resources watershed mini-grant.

Pictured Left to Right: front row – Pat Betteley (Madison), Nancy Speck (Ashland University), Ann Marie McDonnell (Columbus), Monica Chesla (Mantua), Dennis Versele (Bellefontaine). Back row – Lynn Vogel (Portage SWCD), Linda Perkins (Mount Gilead), Sarah Freundlich (Lexington), Michelle Lillo (Lexington), Molly Niese (Findlay), Valerie Kotlar (Ravenna), Stacy Jarvi (Mantua), and Ann Keefe (Old Woman Creek Estuary)