A River Runs Through Us

Environmental Education


Crane & Co. in Dalton, Mass., hosted a training session for area teachers learning about the history and industrial uses of the Housatonic River. The group, led by Dalton resident Mike Gordon, toured the Byron Weston Mill as part of "A River Runs Through Us." 

The Pittsfield School system program is a two-year collaboration with river partners, two other Berkshire school districts, and businesses to develop a core set of lessons and units in Science, Math, English-Language Arts and the Arts. The Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) and Housatonic River Restoration (HRR) provide river curriculum materials and help organize educational events about the Housatonic River integrating innovative tools to enhance the learning and understanding of all faculty and students. Joe Curtis, Pittsfield Schools' technology director, said that the program focuses on teaching students about the river and its history using technology as a learning tool.

The Crane tour was chosen so teachers could see first-hand how industry can use natural resources and, at the same time, protect the environment. The teachers took pictures and videos of the mill and the paper-making process as they toured the plant. They then created a PowerPoint presentation to tell the history of the Housatonic River. Berkshire Program Director Dennis Regan and Massachusetts Water Protection Manager Carolyn Sibner accompanied the teachers. 

 

The program is funded through
the Massachusetts State Department of Education, Technology Enhancement Competitive Grants, Fund Code 170.
For more information, call (413) 394-9796.