Water Wise Workshops!


Water Wisdom One Drop at a Time
Protecting water resources for people and the wildlife that depend on them will require the efforts of multiple generations.

Since 2004, OARS has offered a series of six Water Wise Workshops on principles of ecology and sustainability for children ages 6 -10. Through demonstrations, hands-on activities, lively group discussions, and personal interactions with plants and wildlife, the participants are encouraged to look closer at their own relationships with the environment and build on their knowledge of the natural world. They provide a fun way for kids to learn about rivers, lakes and ponds, the plants and animals that are a part of their ecosystem, and what they can do to protect them.

Water Wise Workshop 2019 Season
During the summer local children continued their education by taking part in our Water Wise Workshops. OARS partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hudson and Marlborough to offer the workshops as part of their summer camps.

Participating children were given the opportunity to become Junior River Rangers, a National Park Service program. Eleven students received their badges!

OARS thanks MathWorks, Avidia Bank, and Saint Gobain for their support of the 2019 Water Wise Workshops.

Informational Video:
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Tour a Local Waste Water Treatment Plant!

Would you like to help our watershed every day in a simple way? Well, you can every time you flush or flow water down the drain. Where does it go? Most people never think about it, but what goes down the drain has a direct impact on our local rivers.

Marlborough’s 5th graders study this as part of their watershed course work. In order to give the students a real-world understanding of the complexity in treating wastewater, OARS created a virtual tour video in collaboration with Marlborough’s DPW, Public Schools and WMCT-TV. In 18 minutes you will learn about the inner workings of Marlborough’s Westerly Wastewater Treatment Plant, and what you can do to improve its efficiency and, accordingly, our impact on the environment.
Please enjoy the tour.