Presentation on theme: "Cascade Streamwatch is both a place and an innovative science education program. The CSW project is a 15 year collaborative effort by the USDA Forest Service,"— Presentation transcript:
Cascade Streamwatch is both a place and an innovative science education program. The CSW project is a 15 year collaborative effort by the USDA Forest Service, USDI Bureau of Land, and the non-profit educational organization Wolftree, Inc., to create an opportunity for people to learn about, observe and appreciate some of the Northwest’s foremost resources --- forests, water, and salmon Cascade Streamwatch is both a place and an innovative science education program. The CSW project is a 15 year collaborative effort by the USDA Forest Service, USDI Bureau of Land, and the non-profit Wolftree, Inc., to create an opportunity for people to learn about, observe and appreciate some of the Northwest’s foremost resources --- forests, water, and salmon.
The purpose of CSW is to increase science and geographic literacy with an emphasis on reaching populations living in under-served communities.
Improving public understanding of river and forest ecosystems and the complex issues regarding the management of our natural resources is a common goal held by our partners.
CSW increases the science literacy of students, by providing hands-on, science-inquiry based classroom and field activities led by Wolftree staff, local scientists, naturalists, and educators
The CSW Project accommodates a full range of learning abilities and cultures.
RECOGNITION Hands on the Land Award for CSW, National Director of the BLM National Rise to the Future Award for Public Outreach, Chief of the Forest Service Grosvenor Awards for Inner-City Experiential Learning Project from the National Geographic Society Excellence in Education Award of Merit from the Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Excellence in Partnerships for Student Learning Award from Portland State University/City of Portland, Mayor of Portlan; One of the Top 40 Non-Profits in Oregon from the Oregon Community Foundation/Portland Magazine Outstanding Leadership and Stewardship Award from the White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation, Washington DC.
SPONSORS Oregon Forest Resources Institute Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board USDA Forest Service USDI Bureau of Land Management Friends of Wolftree Stewardship Fund
MAJOR CONTRIBUTORS Clackamas County Collins Foundation EPA Friends of the Paul Bunyan Foundation Laird Norton Family Foundation Merrill Lynch METRO Greenspaces National Fish and Wildlife Foundation National Forest Foundation National Geographic Society Northwest Natural Oregon Community Foundation Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife Portland General Electric Portland State University Portland Water Bureau Portland Youth Builders REI Rose Tucker Charitable Trust Spirit Mountain Community Fund Stimson Lumber Company Sunriver Anglers Timberline Lodge US Bank Wells Fargo Weyerhaeuser Foundation
“Cascade Streamwatch is a time-proven, premiere outdoor science education program. It engages youth in the outdoors, and opens their minds to the natural wonders of living ecosystems. Youth become scientists for the day in an outdoor setting, transforming the way they think about our precious natural resources.” — Dan Shively, Fish Passage and Habitat Partnerships Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
“ I worked with kids this year who had chronic attendance problems, but they never missed a science class... it was very frustrating, but it said a lot about Wolftree... they were willing to go to that class because they really enjoyed being there, it gave them something they didn’t get in the other classes... we are really trying to model this approach in the rest of our school.” — Stevie Newcomer, Principal Pauling Academy of Integrated Science
“ Portland Public Schools shares Wolftree’s premise that the prosperity of our communities will depend on well developed, active minds, imagination, ingenuity, and innovation. We believe that a diversity of learning opportunities enhances school performance, reduces social assistance costs, expands economic activity, supports diversity, and improves family/work life.” — Vicki L. Phillips, former Superintendent, Portland Public Schools, now with the Gates Foundation
15 Years of Investments BLM $450,000 via CCS to Wolftree Wolftree matched these funds for a total of $1.8 million Additional funds from private and public sources $2.5 million In-kind and volunteers time $2.1 million Participants served 105,000 (from over 100 schools & organizations) Over 300,000 student-day experiences Annual visitors at the site in 1992 :10,000 in 2009: 80,000
SUPPORT FOR THE PARTNERSHIP IN 2010 Wolftree provided a: CSW day for 100 participants attending the Department of Interior Conference on the Environment in April involving Wolftree staff and contractors CSW day for 40 new BLM employees in April CSW tour for the River Management Society and BLM Washington Staff in May
Wildwood Recreation Site CSW Service Area in the Box