Our fifth-grade students have set sail on a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) with Science/Outdoor Education teacher Ms. Bradlee and Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s environmental educator/teach trainer, Meredeth Dash. This student-centered, 15-week learning journey will provide our fifth graders with ample opportunities to engage and explore the Reedy Creek/James River watershed. Topics include plants and animals of the Chesapeake Bay, topography, soil, water quality, stormwater, and pollution. The project supports GSES’s place-based education initiatives and will focus on investigations into local environmental issues that lead to informed action in our community. The project will culminate with a fifth-grade Watershed EXPO on Monday, May 22. Students will present their experiments, discoveries, and realistic solutions focusing on the Reedy Creek/James River/Chesapeake Bay watershed. The school community, including teachers, students, and parents, will be invited to this informative event. GSES is excited about the opportunity to collaborate with Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay (ACB) and plans to use this MWEE as a framework for other grade levels and teachers so that all students (K-8) can participate in a meaningful exploration of our local watershed in the years to come.