Waterways Stage combines the power of the performing 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, ECHO, Leahy Center, and Lake Champlain Sea Grant to research and perform original plays on a pressing water quality issue.

Since 2016, 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.

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 Benefits of Participation

Classroom Commitment (10 - 20 hrs)

Program Timeline

How to Participate

Interested K - 12th grade classrooms should contact Sarah Hewitt at Sarah@verymerrytheatre.org or Lauren Larken Scuderi at Lauren@verymerrytheatre.org. Program spots are limited to 10 schools per year with priority given to returning schools and those with multiple participating classrooms.

Fill out our online registration form here!


Participant Resources

Teacher Handbook 2023

Participant Permission Form

Educational Videos

Invasive Species Video Link

All About Lake Champlain Videos Link

More about Waterways Stage


Theatre Terms

Plot Mountain

Egg Warm Up

Horses, Knights and Cavaliers

Jellyfish Warm Up

Useful Links

Waterways YouTube Page

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. 

Sea Grant: A national network of 34 university-based programs and the Sea Grant Collection at the NOAA Central Library.

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

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