Six NDA Students Attend UWGB Watershed Symposium


Ben Wolcanskk, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

Six Notre Dame Academy students and Ms. Grace Corriveau went to the University of Wisconsin Green Bay this past Thursday March 16, to attend the 16th Annual Watershed Symposium. 

“The purpose of the field trip was to introduce students who are interested in Environmental Science to the Water Management program that is relatively unique to UWGB,” said Corriveau.

The program was hosted by UWGB and the students listened to six different speeches from professionals on a wide range of topics, from birds and fish that depend on the bay and Lake Michigan to companies that are working on water restoration projects. 

“We are blessed in Green Bay, and the Midwest in general, to have access to freshwater resources but we are finding that more and more, we need to educate the public as to its importance as well as advance the science surrounding its study. The symposium consisted of research presentations from graduate students as well as local high schools who are undertaking projects to monitor freshwater resources in the area,” said Corriveau

The students also listened to presentations from six other high schools in the area on their own river and water science experiments. 

The other six high schools that attended along with NDA were Ashwaubenon High School, Fremont High School, Green Bay Southwest, Green Bay West High School, Aldo Leopold, Etude High School and Appleton East High School. 

“This field trip opportunity was brought to my attention by Lynn Terrien. Lynn is the University of Wisconsin- Green Bay (UWGB) K-12 Water Program Outreach Coordinator. We formed a relationship last year when I contacted UWGB about resources for practicing stream water monitoring with my students. Lynn has been reaching out to me with different ways to get involved ever since,” said Corriveau. 

The students that attended the field trip were Mya Hollihan, Anika Gerl, Jaqueline Zacharias, Ben Wolcanski, Liam Blakney and Connor Gilson.