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The Master Watershed Stewards (MWS) Youth Program is an outdoor service-learning program about watersheds, how they affect our lives and our economy, and how individuals and organizations can influence aspects of the watershed. The program is generally geared toward 8-12th grade students.

The program teaches youth:

  • science and ecology concepts
  • stewardship principles
  • conservation techniques
  • technological skills and tools
  • community leadership
  • career exploration

The program is field-based, using sites all over the Coos watershed as outdoor classrooms. The program frequently visits our Matson Creek Wetland Preserve east of Coos Bay. Transportation is provided and the program is offered at no charge. For recent pictures and updates, visit the program’s Facebook page for recent updates.

“Providing students with quality opportunities to directly experience the natural world can improve students’ overall academic performance, self-esteem, personal responsibility, community involvement, personal health and understanding of nature,” according to the Oregon Environmental Literacy Plan. The Master Watershed Steward Program for Youth is a way to provide local students with learning opportunities in an outdoor classroom.

If you are interested in participating in the program or would like more information, please contact:

Alexa Carleton, CoosWA Outreach & Assessment Coordinator


What is a watershed?


A “watershed” is the area of land, from ridge to ridge, that ultimately drains to a particular body of water.  The “Coos watershed” is the area of land that drains through Coos Bay into the Pacific Ocean.  It includes all forks and tributaries of the Coos and Millicoma Rivers, and all of the sloughs and creeks that drain into Coos Bay.









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Coos Watershed Association :: P.O. Box 5860 , Charleston, Oregon 97420 :: Ph. (541) 888-5922 / Fax (541) 888-6111