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Education & Engagement

Developing the Expertise Needed for Clean Water

We offer educational experiences to all audiences recognizing that everyone is needed to ensure a clean and abundant supply of fresh water. The best stewards of the environment are inspired by the knowledge, experiences, and skills to improve their communities.

The Compact provides unique and energizing educational experiences for youth, educators, the community, and water industry professionals.

For Educators

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Experiential Youth Education

The Cumberland River Compact brings the science of creeks, streams, and rivers to your classroom! Featuring hands-on activities and facilitated by enthusiastic educators, these programs focus on watersheds, the water cycle, pollution, biodiversity, and more. Programs are aligned with Tennessee State Science Standards.

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Teacher Workshops

The Cumberland River Compact offers experiential workshops for K – 12 educators on various environmental STEM topics. Learn how to incorporate topics such as Tennessee’s water resources, biodiversity, climate change, green careers, and more into your classroom. Workshops are offered by the Compact and in partnership with school districts.

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Teacher Fellowship

The Cumberland River Compact teacher fellowship is a yearlong immersive program for teachers who want to deeply engage their students in environmental learning, both in the classroom and beyond.

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Lesson Plans and Resources

Explore science lessons and resources designed on a variety of topics including water resources, Tenneesse’s environment, and green careers. Standards-aligned lessons are available for grades K-12 and are free for educators.

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For the Community

Nature Packs at the Nashville Public Library

Get started as an environmental explorer with a Nature Pack available at the Nashville Public Library! Each Nature Pack includes materials and activities to get outside and connect with the natural world.

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Nashville Youth Climate Program

The Nashville Youth Climate Program supports young people in learning about climate change and taking action in the local community through the annual Summit, youth-led action projects, and leadership development. The Cumberland River Compact partners with the Mayor’s Youth Council at the Oasis Center for an annual Youth Climate Program.

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For Professionals

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Water Industry Professionals

The Cumberland River Compact’s Professional Education program highlights best practices and regional case studies for engineers, developers, stormwater managers, and other water industry professionals to ensure healthy waters in our region.

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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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