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Creating Memorable Experiences Around Water

We know the best stewards of the environment are equipped with the knowledge, experiences, and skills to make an impact in their communities and beyond. We provide memorable experiences to students, train and connect educators, and cultivate young environmental leaders to address emerging challenges.

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Experiential Education for Youth

In Person Programming

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Nashville Youth Climate Summit

The Nashville Youth Climate Summit is a participant-driven educational event coordinated by and for youth to create an opportunity for learning, dialogue, and action on climate change. The Cumberland River Compact partners with the Mayor’s Youth Council at the Oasis Center for an annual Youth Climate Summit.

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Nature Kits at Nashville Public Library

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Educator Workshops and Resources

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Environmental STEM Workshops for Educators

Explore science lessons designed to connect your students to Tennessee’s environment. Standards-aligned lessons are available for grades K-12 and are free for educators.

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Teacher Training

We equip educators across Tennessee with the information, tools, and resources to bring place-based environmental and STEM education into their classrooms. We host independent trainings and in collaboration with school districts. Check our events page for upcoming trainings or reach out to us to schedule a training for your school or district.

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Life Support Curriculum

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Educator Cohort

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Professional Education

Water Industry Professionals

Tennesseeans are lucky to have clean and abundant water across our state. From mountain streams to our faucets, water is vital to everything we do. Our Life Support Curriculum explores water in our state and highlights the STEM careers available for those that want to work to protect our water resources. The curriculum is best for middle and high school classrooms. Each section includes content and relevant lesson plans along with four career spotlights.

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Our Supporters

Our Youth Education and Teacher Training programs are supported by the Henry Laird Smith Family Foundation, The Memorial Foundation, Ryman Hospitality Properties Foundation, Tennessee Association of Utility Districts, CAT Financial, Piedmont Natural Gas, the Nashville Predators Foundation, and Colonial Pipeline.

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Education & Engagement Team


Ellen Messerly

Education & Engagement Coordinator

Catherine Price

Education and Engagement Division Manager