Guam Soil and Water Conversation Districts hosting 6th Annual Educators Symposium next week

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Guam – Calling all teachers – If you want to learn more about water conservation on island and receive curriculum resources to use in the classroom, the Guam Soil and Water Conservation Districts are holding their 6th Annual Educators Symposium on Conservation next week.

The year’s theme for the symposium is “Guam: Our Water, Our Home.” Symposium Chairwoman Hope Cristobal stated that the symposium is held annually to educate teachers about conservation and equip them with resources, such as books, posters, pamphlets, and lesson plans.

“This is one way they’re going to be walking away with books, bookmarks, curricular materials, all types of resources that they will have at their fingertips when they need to talk about our natural resources, soil and water, how to prevent erosion, what to preserve, and what to do to protect resources,” said Cristobal. 

Ultimately, the goal is to bring awareness to the island’s youth about our island’s water sources and how they connect to our everyday lives. Lead Curriculum Facilitator Sabina Perez said this year, they are taking teachers on a field trip to the northern aquifer.

“The program involves connecting teachers to the resource so they can appreciate and value it, we talk about possible challenges to the resource, ways in which we can conserve the resource. This year, we’re focusing on the water resource, with specific focus on the Northern Guam lens aquifer because it’s the source for about 80% of our drinking water,” said Perez. 

The symposium will be held on July 26, 27, 28, and 30 at the University of Guam SBPA Conference Room 129 from 8 am to 5 pm. Teachers who participate in the symposium can also receive two graduate credits.

For more information, e-mail [email protected]. Additional information about “Our Water, Our Home” curricular program can be found at the National Association of Conservation Districts website at www.nacdnet.org/education