Educating future caretakers of our water resources.

The Young Water Stewards program reaches out to high school students in rural Whatcom County to help our future water stewards develop an understanding of and appreciation for the importance of clean water. Through stewardship activities, hands-on learning, and a science-based approach, high school-aged participants will gain experience with water quality testing and analysis, Best Management Practices, and mitigation techniques to develop valuable skills and apply their learning to protect the health of our drinking water, creeks, lakes, and beaches. Read the press release.


How it works

Students will learn about watersheds, sources of non-point water pollution, and the complex barriers to clean water. Students will take a tour of several areas within their local watersheds, conducting water quality sampling at diverse locations. 

Follow-up lessons will allow students to compare and contrast their data, using the results to examine Best Management Practices and how they are informed by Best Available Science. The students will conclude the project by discussing the value of individual stewardship actions and participating in a stewardship project.

By the end of the program, students will be able to: 

            • Show they know more about the local watershed by identifying the components of their local watershed.
            • Demonstrate that they care about their local watershed by being able to articulate how land-use practices impact the health of the watershed.
            • Understand the importance of individual and community stewardship actions that help keep our watersheds healthy.


Get involved

High school teachers in Ferndale, Lynden, Meridian, Blaine, Mt. Baker, or Nooksack Valley high schools can email Sustainable Schools program manager Riley Grant at schools@re-sources.org for information about how to enroll in the Young Water Stewards program. 

The program includes three in-class lessons, one all-day field trip, and water quality sampling, for a total of 20 hours.

Volunteer

Contact us if you would like to be a chaperon or volunteer supporting the Young Water Stewards program:

Riley Grant
Sustainable Schools Program Manager
rileyg@re-sources.org
(360) 733-8307 x210


Participating schools

Lynden High School
Located within the Fishtrap Creek watershed, a watershed identified by Whatcom County Public Works as having high levels of pollution.

Ferndale High School
Located within the Schell Creek watershed, a watershed identified by Whatcom County Public Works as having high levels of pollution. 

We hope to extend the program to reach Meridian, Blaine, Mt. Baker, and Nooksack Valley high schools in 2017. Email schools@re-sources.org for information about how to enroll in the Young Water Stewards program. 




Photo credits, top to bottom: Bandon High students prepping water quality samples, courtesy of Surfrider; Whatcom students sampling a Whatcom Creek outfall in 2013, courtesy of Wendy Steffensen; Nooksack river cleanup, courtesy of Lee First; Tenmile Creek water quality sampling, courtesy of Lee First; Windward High students community service, courtesy of Ferndale Schools. 




The Water Stewards program is funded by a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) and their National Ocean Service Education Program. Read more.