We are building community-wide stewardship ethic rooted in watershed science and place-based, participatory learning.

K-12 Education

As children, many of our staff spent time outside exploring the nooks and crannies of trees, dipping our fingers and toes into rivers, and building fairy houses. Now, we are often lucky enough to get to do similar things in our work – exploring the forest with an increment borer to learn how old the trees are, dipping jars into rivers to see all the macroinvertebrates living there, and building beaver dam analogs to restore the complexity of our rivers and catch sediment after fire. What if we could provide experiences that mix the joy and awe of exploring our natural places with learning about how to create and maintain a healthier watershed for generations to come?

Enter: our watershed youth. The Watershed Center’s youth and education programming strives to engage young people in hands-on STEM education throughout the watershed to inspire in them a love and understanding of their natural world. It is this connection to the watershed that drives us to engage in the work we do, and we love the chance to pass it on!

Throughout the year, staff at The Watershed Center teach in classrooms, lead experiential outdoor learning opportunities, and support watershed science learning through equipment libraries and curriculum development. We are currently partnering with Lyons Elementary School, Lyons Middle Senior High School, Indian Peaks Elementary School, Flagstaff Academy, and Cal-Wood Education Center to teach 3rd-12th graders about watershed science.

Lyons 3rd Grade

Students learn about their local floodplain, and the connection between forests and rivers.

Indian Peaks and Lyons 5th Grade

Students learn about how we measure water quality, create hypotheses, and then put those to the test by collecting data in their local rivers!

Lyons 6th Grade

Students learn about why river and riparian complexity are important, and collect data on river sediment, turbidity, and habitat.

Lyons 7th Grade

Students learn about benthic macroinvertebrates as indicators of water quality, and then collect and identify them in their local river.

Lyons 8th Grade

Students learn about fire and forest structure and create a proposal for local forest management which they share with a panel of local professionals.

Cal-Wood 9th-12th Grade

Students learn about and collect data on forest structure and fire behavior, as well as carbon storage.

The Watershed Center brings technical expertise, creativity, and enthusiasm to Lyons’ Elementary School’s Science and Leadership programing. Students are able to problem solve, explore, and engage in real-world watershed science activities alongside the Watershed Center’s scientists. We feel fortunate to be able to bring these place-based experiences to our students.

Andrew Moore

Lyons Elementary School Principal

Community Science

Catch the Hatch
Catch the Hatch
Catch the Hatch
Watershed Days
Community Monitoring


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