Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Kids in the Creek

Kids in the Creek is an environmental education program that combines classroom and outdoor experience. Established in 1993, it has educated high school students throughout Chelan and Douglas counties. The program is supported through partnerships with various organizations and funding sources.

 The 2011 implementation of Kids in the Creek was a success. Over 350 students were able to explore and investigate topics related to watershed health and management.

Part of my duties as an AmeriCorps volunteer with Cascadia Conservation District have included assisting District staff members and partner organizations with various components of the program.

While working on the program I often wondered, how can we successfully reach over 350 students in a three day period?

After implementing Kids in the Creek, I realized the answer is collaboration and dedication. I was impressed with how well staff members and volunteers from different organizations came together to make Kids in the Creek a valuable experience for students.   

Cascadia Conservation District and partner organizations would like to thank everyone involved including:

Community Foundation of North Central Washington
Wenatchee Sportsman’s Association
South Douglas Conservation District
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Forest Service
City of Wenatchee
Washington State Department of Ecology
Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board
Initiative for Rural Innovation and Stewardship (IRIS)
Entiat Valley Community Services
Cascade Water Quality
Grant County PUD
Yakama Nation
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
Chelan County Natural Resource Department
WSU Chelan-Douglas County Extension
Trout Unlimited
Friends of NW Hatcheries
Chelan County Fire District #8

It takes a lot of support and hard work to put together Kids in the Creek, but your commitment to outdoor education is greatly appreciated and admired!

Your friend in conservation,

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