Education

Watershed education is the basis of all we do at Whidbey Watershed Stewards. It is the work that launched our organization and it continues to be central to our mission. Whether working with K-5 students, with middle and high school students, or with adults, we focus on imparting good science and stewardship information on watersheds.

In recent years, we have expanded our educational offerings to grades 6-12 and community colleges by focusing on service-learning, using the entire watershed as a classroom. Service-learning engages young people in solving problems within their schools and communities as part of their academic studies. In response to the increased interest in this teaching method, MSA created a Service-Learning Directory of possible activities for classes and the individual culminating projects now required for graduation.

Lori O’Brien, our Outdoor Classroom teacher, leads volunteers in our core program which offers classes the opportunity to explore the watershed in Spring and Fall. Here she is building a bird’s nest to demonstrate one of the lessons being prepared for the spring 2010 focus on birds.

We regularly provide watershed science projects for homeschool students and special-interest groups such as the Whidbey Island Waldorf School and Boy & Girl Scout groups. We have worked with AmeriCorps students on several projects and would be an excellent resource for college students as research interns and program assistants.

Volunteers are critical to our programs. We welcome your participation. Please join us for Outdoor Classroom lessons, as a high school project mentor, or on restoration projects!