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. 

  • Starvin’ Marvin

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.

  • Fish & Forest Trivia

Fish & Forest Trivia is a popular program held every Wednesday in the Haines school just outside the lunchroom. As students wait for their turn in line, they explore the day's sea or land creature, learn about its habitat, and answer a trivia question. From students who answer the question correctly, a name is drawn to win the week's trivia prize.

  • Chilkat Forest Investigators

An afterschool program that gets elementary and middle school students outside on field trips into the forests, muskegs, and intertidal zone to discover how each ecosystem works. Chilkat Forest Investigators is wildly popular, and led by Mario Benassi.


  • 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 migration to the Chilkat valley and present their findings to the bald Eagle Festival in November.

  • EcoProductions

Students learn to film and edit videos.


  • Teacher Support

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.


Community Programs

  • Living in the Forest Presents…Walks and Talks

A program of walk s and talks about local watershed related topics open to the community.


  • Citizen Science

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.


Informational Outreach

  • 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.

Takshanuk Watershed Council
HC 60 Box 2008
Haines, AK 99827
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Phone:  (907) 766-3542

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