HELP Reaches Thousands of Massachusetts Students

Thousands of students in the Massachusetts watershed have had the advantage of the HELP program!

The Housatonic Environmental Literacy Program (HELP) was created in 2007 when HVA and Mass Audubon were awarded a multiple-year grant to do so. Money for this grant is drawn from $15 million in natural resource damages funds that GE agreed to pay in 2000 to state and federal Trustees as the result of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) contamination to the Housatonic River watershed. This environmental education grant will help restore and repair the relationship of Berkshire County's children, families, and public to the Housatonic River and its tributaries. 

HELP educators have been working with the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades throughout the Housatonic Watershed in Berkshire County. The lesson focuses on a biodiversity, both chemical and biological water quality monitoring, mapping, storm drain awareness and understanding the PCB situation and cleanup. The program ends with a canoe trip down the river.

HELP Curriculum

Click on the following titles to open a lesson

A River Ran Wild
Alien Invaders
Art and the Housatonic River
Benthic Macroinvertebrate Study
Building a Housatonic Watershed
Canoe Safety Training
Fish Tales
HELP Glossary
History of Human Activity
Houstonic Watershed Maps
Murder in the Pond
PCB Dilemma
Project WET's
Storm Drain Awareness
Table of Contents
Topo Twister
Water Quality Monitoring