Education and Outreach
Our Education and Outreach Programs aim to reach out to the community and increase their understanding and appreciation of the beauty, complexity and value of our watersheds. We aim to take people outside to see their own backyard and become stewards of these valuable natural resources.
We conduct Citizen Science studies throughout the watersheds, especially at our Sawmill Creek Outdoor Education Lab. Through our Living in the Forest Program, students and community members can participate in informational walks and talks.
Starvin' Marvin is a project in collaboration with Haines School to compost school lunch scraps, shredded office paper and sawdust from the school shop. The compost is then used to grow food in Marvin's Garden for the school cafeteria. In addition, the project is working with the community to increase the amount of healthy local and traditional foods in school lunches. Annualy, students recycle about one ton of food scraps, paper and sawdust from the school and return about 200 pounds of food to the cafeteria.
High School Credit Classes: Citizen Science
Citizen Science classes are offered as Saturday field based classes. Students participate in research studies and learn how science is done. Students collect data on fall eagle mgration to the Chilkat valley and present their findings to the bald Eagle Festival in November.
Chilkat Forest Investigations
Elementary Students take field trips into the forest to discover how that ecosystem works..
Students learn to film and edit videos.
Teachers receive coaching services to help them plan for watershed related lessons and field trips. Students learn about science by participating in research programs as citizen scientists.
Living in the Forest Presents…Walks and Talks
A program of walks and talks about local watershed related topics open
to the community.
Community volunteers assist with research projects. Current projects include Sawmill Creek stream studies, migrating birds, eagle nest and migration surveys, seasonal and climate change indicators, bear-human interactions, toad populations and invasive plant location and eradication testing.
Radio programs about watershed topics. Teachers guides are being developed.
Takshanuk Tips informational brochures
Brochures for the public on local watershed topics.
Watershed Services Promotion
Advertisements, posters and videos designed to promote understanding and stewardship of the local watersheds.