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Education and Outreach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Fortuna Elementary 'Adopt-A-Tree' Event

This June 10th, the ERWIG AmeriCorps Watershed Stewards members teamed up with the City of Fortuna and South Fortuna Elementary's 3rd and 4th grade classes to put on an 'adopt-a-tree' day along the banks of Rohner Creek in Rohner Park.  Students had the opportunity to claim a tree as their own as they participated in this riparian revegetation project and gained hands-on experience in the environmental field.  At the end of the event, participants were presented with an adoption certificate and snacks, and were encouraged to visit their tree frequently over the coming years to observe the changes in the state of Rohner Creek's riparian vegetation.

 

               CCC members volunteered their time to remove               Students watched a demonstration of how to
             invasive plant species in preparation for the event.                plant their trees correctly before beginning.

 

Students got hands-on while planting, using the time to think of a name for their tree.

At the close of the event each student was presented with a personalized 'adoption certificate' recognizing their participation in the event.

ERWIG would like to thank those involved with this project- without support from the community we wouldn't be able to make hands-on educational experiences like this possible!

 
 
Ray’s Food Place
Horizon Business Products
Samara Restoration
Safeway
California Conservation Corps
Freshwater Farms
WestgateGarden Nursery
CostCo
City of Fortuna
South Fortuna Elementary

Creek Days Environmental Education Fair

Each year, ERWIG teams up with the Watershed Stewards Project to host Creek Days, an environmental education fair, which highlights the end of the school year for hundreds of Humboldt County students and teachers.

At this free event, students hike among the Redwoods and engage in hands-on learning activities ranging from a pedal powered blender and local Yurok stories, to experiments investigating the role of riparian vegetation and the ways in which human choices impact the environment.

 

The theme of the event is interconnectedness; throughout the day students learn that every place on earth is in a watershed and everything that happens in a watershed affects the streams, and the salmon!

Our hope is that through education and hands on experience, these students will become lifelong advocates for environmental conservation.

For more information and to see pictures from this year's Creek Days click the link above.

Adults and children alike learn about the Natural sciences at Creek Days.
 

  

 

Cummings Creek Interpretive Trail

When Cumming’s Creek Road was decommissioned and re-located away from the riparian corridor, an interpretive trail and restoration demonstration site was constructed in its place.

The purpose of this trail is to provide an outdoor classroom for students of all ages. Practitioners of salmon restoration including high school and college students, the CCC, politicians, agency personnel, and landowners investigating the possibilities of salmon restoration will benefit from studying the results of a successful community restoration effort in a small watershed.

If you are interested in visiting the trail, it can be accessed via Highway 36. Turn onto Cumming’s Creek Road and travel 1 mile to the trailhead, just after the first bridge spanning Cumming’s Creek. Parking is limited to available turnouts.

interpretive trail at Cumming's Creek
 
Interpretive trail at Cumming's Creek

 

Real Science Connects Local Students

Each year the Watershed Stewards Members placed at ERWIG promote watershed awareness in kindergarten though twelfth grade classrooms by developing and presenting one day to six-week long environmental curricula in local schools.

The six-week long courses begin with understanding a watershed and investigate how the choices people and communities make can affect our environment. Later classes cover habitat, salmon life cycle, and anatomy. A highlight for all ages is the dissection of an adult salmon donated from Pacific Lumber’s Anadromous Fish Exhibit.

ERWIG staff and ECO-prep students discuss salmon habitat on a field trip to Bull Creek.
 
Many of the classes are also raising salmon through a local program called Salmon in the Classroom. Though this program, schools are given incubators and salmon eggs, which they raise, and watch grow through the spring. In May, the students will release the salmon fry into local creeks and wish them luck on their journey to the ocean.

The combination of these two programs and ERWIG sponsored field trips gives Humboldt County students the chance to investigate their local eco-systems and develop an understanding and appreciation for the environment.

Landowner Outreach  
ERWIG also hosts a variety of watershed improvement workshops covering topics from re-vegetation to roads maintenance, organizes field trips and community workdays, and helps facilitate local watershed meetings.

Keep an eye on our calendar to stay informed of upcoming events!

 
 
Bill Matson works with local landowners to build rails on the new Cumming’s Creek bridge during a community work day.