The Connecticut River runs over 410 miles through four states, eventually flowing into Long Island Sound. We study the significance of the river to indigenous cultures and livelihoods, explore the impact of human activity and climate change on its watershed, and learn about today’s conservation work.

Learning Objectives

Students become familiar with the American Indian tribes that settled along the river and how they interacted with it.
Students discover the ecosystems struggling to flourish along the river, and understand the threats posed to the health of the river’s watershed over the years by pollution, damming, industry and climate change.
Students learn about the conservation work currently underway in a number of different nonprofit and governmental organizations. We come to understand the challenges of conservation work, and the different stakeholders who come into play.

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