A watershed education and restoration project was started in the Virginia portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed in 2002. Over 37,000 hardwood seedlings were distributed to school groups and 4-H leaders in 19 counties. A geographic information system (GIS) identified subwatersheds in greatest need of riparian restoration. A Web site provided educational material and facilitated communication. Results indicate 3 years are needed to develop partnerships necessary for large-scale projects such as this one. Hands-on activities like planting trees result in large knowledge gains. Use of land-use maps and a Web site also result in knowledge gain about watersheds
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Kirwan, J. L., Williams, M. E., & Kirwan, M. L. (2005). Restoring the Chesapeake--A Watershed Education and Restoration Project for Virginia Youth. The Journal of Extension, 43(6), Article 15. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol43/iss6/15