Watershed Action Team (WAT)
The Watershed Action Team (WAT) formally the Education Committee, in partnership with the South Umpqua Rural Community Partnership (SURCP), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Oregon Department of Fish Wildlife (ODFW), Days Creek Charter School (DCCS), and other watershed partners will integrate Oregon specific programs of place-based learning and Natural Resource Management utilizing a Watershed scale approach, in order to inform, educate, and inspire a sense of sustainable stewardship of Oregon’s Watershed basins.
The Watershed Action Team will actively seek to involve and inform teams of educators from across the South Umpqua basin as well as across other Oregon watershed basins, while also cultivating relationships with local communities, grassroots organizations, and resource professionals to support and sustain SURCP and the WAT.
Coordinate community partnerships between project team educators, school districts, local resource professionals, grassroots environmental organizations, public utilities, local business, county and city leaders, and community residents by inviting them to become involved in SURCP and the WAT, creating a shared vision and taking an active role in the preservation of our environmental heritage.
Conduct educator training to introduce educators to a model of environmental service learning. Teams of educators and school administrators from diverse school districts, and resource professionals from Oregon’s watershed basins will be invited .
Develop and/or coordinate a model or curricula of programs like healthy Environment Action League (HEAL), Umpqua Biochar Education Team (UBET), and Beaver Advocacy Committee (BAC) that can be used to inform the community about activities and opportunities available, listing current curriculum guidelines, and inviting participation in the future.
Continue to support Community Schools, focusing on mentoring, environmental service learning, hands-on learning, and integrated curriculum like the Days Creek River Studies and the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program curriculum in the primary, intermediate, and secondary levels. These models will expand to develop a data/information-sharing network of schools throughout Oregon’s Watershed basins.