EARTH DEFENDERS CAMP! Waterways Edition Summer 2024 


River Arts Camp: July 8-12, Morrisville,  8:30am - 2:30pm

Waterways Stage:
Where art meets science

Students work with expert educators to research and perform original plays about important water quality issues.

We partner with Very Merry Theatre, ECHO Leahy Center, Lake Champlain Basin Project, and Sea Grant of Lake Champlain.

Since 2016

Waterways Stage has been working with 15 schools in central and northern Vermont

Your choice

Pick on-site, virtual or a hybrid format to fit your classroom needs

Join us

Enroll early and you may be invited to participate in the Waterways Festival!

About the program

Learning Outcomes

Students gain increased

Benefits of participation

Classroom commitment (10 - 20 hrs)

Program timeline

Waterways participant resources

Teacher Handbook 2023-24

Virtual or Hybrid Teacher Handbook 2022

Participant Permission Form

Educational Videos

Invasive Species Video Link

All About Lake Champlain Videos Link

More about Waterways Stage


Theatre Terms

Plot Mountain

Egg Warm Up

Horses, Knights and Cavaliers

Jellyfish Warm Up

Useful Links

Waterways YouTube Page

Audubon Vermont: Information about birds and avian conservation efforts in Vermont.

Lake Champlain Basin Program: Comprehensive resource for all things Lake Champlain, including specific materials for educators.

Lake Champlain Committee: Great science and policy resource, particularly for up-to-date Lake Champlain news.

Vermont Fish & Wildlife: State information about our endangered and threatened species.

Vermont Reptile & Amphibian Atlas: Detailed information about Vermont’s reptiles and amphibians. 

Sea Grant: A national network of 34 university-based programs and the Sea Grant Collection at the NOAA Central Library.

Science Learning Resources

Sea Grant Watershed Educator
Alison Spasyk

ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain is looking forward to providing free museum visits to schools and afterschool programs participating in the Waterways Stage program. During your visit, your students will complete a Junior Ranger booklet and visit the Lake Champlain Basin Program Resource Room. 

To book field trips, use this form. In the comments section at the bottom, please indicate that you are a Waterways school.

Questions? Contact School Program Manager Liz Greenberg at or call 1-802-864-1848 ext 133.

Waterways Stage's programming is available free of charge!

Early enrollments have the possibility of performing at our Waterways Festival!

To enroll, fill out the form below.


Funding for this project came from a 2017 Local Heritage grant from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership.

Founding Organizations

Very Merry Theatre

ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain

Repeat and recent funders

Vermont Arts Council

Lake Champlain Basin Program

Additional Partnerships

Sea Grant Lake Champlain