The Master Watershed Stewards (MWS) Youth Program is a semester-long, 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 offered to 8-12th grade students in the Coos Bay School District.
Students will come away with:
- science knowledge
- stewardship principles
- technical skills
- high school science elective credit
- community service hours
- 3 college credits through Southwestern Oregon Community College ( ages 16 & older) **Not offered in Spring 2013
Students will also have the opportunity to learn about various careers in natural resources from local professionals, and about potential employment in the field of natural resources and watershed management.
The program is primarily be based at our Matson Creek Wetland Preserve east of Coos Bay, but students visit sites throughout the watershed. Students will be picked up and dropped off at Marshfield High School with a district school bus, and will have adult supervision at all times. There is no charge for the program and school lunches will be provided. For more information, please see our flyer and 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 will be 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:
Bessie Joyce, CoosWA Outreach & Assessment Coordinator