As a Park Ranger and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Education Specialist, Pamela Barnes has trained more than 350 formal and non-formal educators to teach about water since the mid-1990s.
Pam uses Project WET in developing curriculum and training teaching staff and teaching interns. The Cuyahoga Valley National Park residential environmental education program focuses on the watershed of the Cuyahoga River, water quality and sustainability, teaching about water and land resources—how to monitor them, take care of them and use them responsibly. The Cuyahoga River—the 'crooked river', the river that burned—is the central focus of the national park, giving Pam many stories of restoration to tell.
Pam says that Project WET offers background information and interdisciplinary lessons that directly relate to what teaching interns at Cuyahoga need to learn to teach. It also provides examples of well-planned lessons that are correlated to standards that they can take with them and shows good teaching techniques to reach different types of learners in various settings. Whether these interns go on to a career in formal or non-formal education, a camp setting, a museum or another park, Pam says that Project WET is a resource that they can continue to use.