Waterways Stage combines the power of the performance arts with the joy of scientific investigation to engage students and their communities in their local watersheds. Classrooms from around Vermont collaborate with expert educators from Very Merry Theatre and ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain to research and perform original plays on a pressing water quality issue. 

For 6 continuous years, Waterways Stage has collaborated with 15 schools throughout central and northern Vermont. Our culminating Festival performance of all the plays is a celebration the whole community looks forward to. We are now offering this program to classrooms with a hybrid or completely virtual option to make it fit your classroom needs.

Essential Questions: 

Learning Outcomes:

Link to Introduction Video:

Virtual Classroom


Benefits of Participation

Classroom Commitment (10 - 20 hrs)

Program Timeline

How to Participate

Interested K - 12th grade classrooms should contact Sarah Hewitt at shewitt@alumni.risd.edu. Program spots are limited to 10 schools per year with priority given to returning schools and those with multiple participating classrooms.

Participant Resources

Teacher Program Handbook

Participant Permission Form

Very Merry Theatre Warm-up Games (broken link need to re-do)

Invasive Species Video Link

Useful Links

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. 

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