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October 11, 2016: RE Sources for Sustainable Communities launches Young Water Stewards education program

posted Oct 11, 2016, 3:08 PM by Virginia Cleaveland   [ updated Oct 11, 2016, 3:43 PM ]
New program teaches high school students about watershed science, how land-use practices can impact clean water, and the importance of stewardship. 


The Sustainable Schools program at RE Sources for Sustainable Communities is launching a Young Water Stewards program to help high school students develop an understanding of and appreciation for the importance of clean water.

Through stewardship activities, hands-on learning, and a science-based approach, students will gain experience with water quality testing and analysis, stewardship practices, and mitigation techniques to learn how to help protect the health of their local watersheds.

“Young Water Stewards teaches students about their local watersheds, and how individual and community stewardship keeps our shared water resources healthy and available for all,” says Riley Grant, Sustainable Schools Program Manager. “High school students are our future water protectors: They’re our community leaders, our engineers, our farmers, and our educators. Teaching students how they can help protect our water resources now and in the future is critical to maintaining its availability for generations to come.”

Lynden and Ferndale high schools are participating in the program in fall 2016. The high schools are located within Fishtrap Creek and Schell Creek watersheds, respectively, which have been identified by Whatcom County as having high levels of pollution.

The program hopes to extend to Meridian, Blaine, Mt. Baker, and Nooksack Valley high schools in 2017. The program’s curriculum includes three in-class lessons, a field trip, and water-quality sampling (20 hours total) and meets Next Generation Science Standards.

The program’s goals are to educate students about the components of their local watersheds, how different land-use practices impact watersheds, and why individual and community stewardship actions are essential to keeping watersheds healthy.

Teachers interested in enrolling in the program, and volunteers interested in chaperoning a field trip or supporting the program, can email schools@re-sources.org or call 360-733-8307 x210.

The program is funded by a grant from NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

For more information about the Young Water Stewards program, visit re-sources.org/programs/sustainableschools/waterstewards.

ABOUT SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS

The Sustainable Schools program at RE Sources for Sustainable Communities provides hands-on learning to educate our youth about environmentally relevant issues and empower them to take actions that support their local communities.

We operate the Green Classrooms program, teaching waste prevention, energy efficiency, and water conservation to elementary school classrooms; the Waste Rangers program, teaching service-learning and waste prevention to after-school groups; the Young Water Stewards program, teaching science-based watershed health to high school classrooms; and we offer Water Conservation and Waste Prevention lessons to middle and high school classrooms. All programs meet grade-level requirements, supporting teachers and helping students of all ages learn how to protect our ecosystems and make sustainable choices.

Media contact: Riley Grant, Sustainable Schools Program Manager, rileyg@re-sources.org, 360-733-8307 x210 
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