Appalachian Laboratory

Watershed Moments

Watershed Moments Community Learning Series

Learning lasts a lifetime.

As part of its commitment to public education, the Appalachian Laboratory of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences (UMCES-AL) offers free community presentations and events through its Watershed Moments Community Learning Series. 

Due to concerns related to the spread of COVID-19 and out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our friends in the community, Watershed Moments events will be held via Zoom for the foreseeable future.  Please see below for recordings of recent past virtual events. Contact Rhonda Schwinabart at with any event-related questions. 

We've created a short introduction video for those who are less familiar with Zoom to help demonstrate what to expect in a Watershed Moments event on Zoom.  Please click on the above right image to watch the video.  For more information and support for Zoom please visit the Zoom website at

Spring 2022 Schedule

Appalachian Water Security: Impacts and opportunities of a changing climate

Climate change has emerged as one of the greatest challenges for humanity in the 21st century, with the strategic importance of water resources expected to intensify as warming produces more frequent and intense extreme events that disrupt day-to-day life. While climate change poses significant risks to already stressed and vulnerable communities, ecosystems, and economies throughout the central Appalachian Mountains region, it also provides opportunities for reshaping the region by rethinking our relationship to water, natural resources, and the economy. This presentation will explore the hidden role of water in our lives, what climate change and its impacts look like throughout the region, and discusses opportunities to reshape our future based on sustainable and just practices.  

UMCES Alumnus and NASA Astronaut Ricky Arnold on International Space Station
Launched in 2015, the Watershed Moments series has included presentations by NASA Astronaut and UMCES alumnus Ricky Arnold, children’s author and filmmaker Lynne Cherry, glaciologist Richard Alley, and prairie dog expert and UMCES faculty member John Hoogland, among others.
More information on past Watershed Moments Community Learning Series Events, including links to event recordings, can be found here.