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. 

Marvin School Garden

Marvin Garden 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. Annually, students recycle about one ton of food scraps, paper and sawdust from the school and return about 200 pounds of food to the cafeteria.

Apples and Bears

TWC partners with the Great Bear Foundation and ADF&G to offer free apple harvesting to remove attractants and protect personal property and wildlife. This program also provides electric fence education. Check out our electric fence guide here.

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.


Summer Youth Work Program


Local teens are hired to participate in a paid job training and work experience program performing community service projects, learning about and researching watersheds, building trails, and supporting other Haines nonprofits with event preparation and other tasks as needed. The teens are led by a peer mentor, who is slightly older than the group. Staff from TWC and our partner, Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL), facilitate trainings and mentor the crew. This program is made possible by funding from Alaska Department of Labor, Chilkat Valley Community Foundation, and Douglas-Dornan Foundation.