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Listening to the River - Final Evaluation Report


Dawn Robles, Heather Mitchell, Elizabeth Horsch, Mark St. John, with the assistance of Laura Stokes and Inverness Research Inc.


Listening to the River (LTTR) is a watershed science education project funded by the National Science Foundation. The project aims to deliver watershed education experiences in and around Traverse City, Michigan, and also to develop a model that can be replicated in other locations. Inverness Research was contracted by the Listening to the River project to conduct both formative and summative evaluations. Our work began in 2005 when the project received a planning grant, and continued through the life of the project. In this summative report we examine core features of the project's model and its potential for replicability. Our purposes are to provide the funder, NSF, with lessons learned from their investment and also to provide others who are interested in watershed-based science education with our independent perspective on the LTTR model.

Intended Audience

The National Science Foundation, Community Leaders, Educators, Reform Leaders, and general public.


Any and all errors are claimed by the authors of this document, Inverness Research, Inc.

Date published

June 2010

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This report was prepared with support from the National Science Foundation under grant number ISE #0540187.

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These materials do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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