Dedicated to the protection and restoration of the ecosystems of the Umpqua Watershed and beyond through education, training, advocacy and ecologically sound stewardship.
UMPQUA NATURAL RESOURCES PATHWAY
“LEARN, EARN, AND SERVE”
Initiated in the summer of 2013, the Umpqua Natural Resources Pathway Program is a multi-
to train and employ 12 youth into two crews, one with the BLM and the other with the USFS led by Umpqua Watersheds.
The Pathway program allows the youth to gain life-
The ultimate outcome of the program is to ensure a pathway towards natural resources careers for at-
The “Learn” aspect of the model relates to the hard skillsets the crew members will acquire during the primary activities and Career Education Days. These skillsets will vary depending on the activity, but we envision that all crew members will acquire a strong familiarity with: data collection techniques; report writing; using handheld GPS units; orienteering using maps and compass; and use of handtools. In addition, the activities will also help crew members to develop their soft skillsets including communication, leadership, and interpersonal relationship.
The Learn aspect also includes opportunities to acquire college credits in natural resources-
The “Earn” aspect of the model relates to the seven weeks of summer pay in addition to the college credits earned that will help lead to certificates or degrees in natural resource disciplines.
The “Serve” aspect of the model involves the crew members working with BLM and USFS professionals to provide them with “deliverables” in the form of reports and data sets from the activities. In addition, crew members will serve the community by working on public lands, specifically in the Umpqua Basin.
SCIENCE FRIDAY, SCIENCE WEDNESDAY, AND SCIENCE MONDAY
Based on an Environmental Education curriculum developed in 2013 by Umpqua Watersheds’ AmeriCorps*VISTA member, Roland Wang, Science Friday at McGovern Elementary, Science Wednesday at Eastwood Elementary, and Science Monday at the Roseburg YMCA continues to be a high point in UW's Education efforts. Science Friday was funded by the Charlotte Martin Foundation and Walmart Foundation. The program encourages scientific discovery with hands-
In April 2015, the Bessie Minor Swift Foundation provided funding for UW to include a Climate-
The Wilderness Curriculum is a literary arts curriculum developed by Umpqua Watersheds AmeriCorps*VISTA member, Roland Wang, in 2014, with grant funding from Bessie Minor Swift Foundation. The goal of the program is for high school English students to learn about the concept and evolution of wilderness in America by reading and critiquing works by American nature writers such as John Muir and Aldo Leopold.
The program was piloted in 2014 with students at the Phoenix Charter School in Roseburg, Oregon. The program was expanded upon by our AmeriCorps State/National member, Katrina Keleher, into a Wilderness Appreciation program which involves studying classic literature while introducing students to outdoor exploration.
Science Olympiad is a national an American elementary school, middle school and high school team competition in which students compete in ‘events' pertaining to various scientific disciplines, including earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. Over 6,700 teams from 50 U.S. states compete each year.
Umpqua Watersheds AmeriCorps State/National member, Katrina Keleher, established a Science Olympiad at Douglas High School in Winston, Oregon in 2014. The team competed in the Oregon Science Olympiad state tournament on April 18, 2015 and won second place in the ‘Wright Stuff’ event.
In 2014, UW piloted an environmental art program called "Forest Thursday" at the YMCA in Canyonville, where environmental science and social concepts were taught and examined with hands-
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