The 18th Annual Bear Creek Watershed Symposium

Cohort 5 graduate student Erika Hansen is in an environmental education intern with the Bear Creek Watershed Education Partners this spring.
Cohort 5 graduate student Erika Hansen is an environmental education intern with the Bear Creek Watershed Education Partners this spring.

On May 16 the  Bear Creek Watershed Education Partners (BCWEP) held their annual symposium at Kids Unlimited in Medford, Ore. where local elementary, middle and high school students were given the opportunity to present on various watershed topics to their peers and participate in activities provided by local outdoor organizations.  The symposium was both educational and highly entertaining!  Students interacted with their community, including wildlife, and learned about their watershed and ways to help protect it.

Linda Hilligoss was the key note speaker, engaging the students in an activity where they contemplated and discussed how all the little things that happen in our watershed add up.  The EE program at SOU had a table where the kids had a chance to gauge the age of salmon and trees via their growth rings (salmon have growth rings on their scales while trees have them in their trunk).  Both these organisms depend on a healthy watershed.  All in all, the event was a great success!  The only question is…what exciting things do we have to look forward to at next year’s BCWEP symposium? Stay tuned! Check BCWEP’s events calendar for information on upcoming events: http://www.bcwep.org/

Photo by Erika Hansen.
Photo by Erika Hansen.

Students  had an opportunity to learn how to tie flies and fly fish with some expert fly fishers.

Photo by Erika Hansen.
Photo by Erika Hansen.

Pacifica’s Caterpillar came equipped with fun things to look at and play with.  Kids were engaged and learning (the best combo).

Photo by Erika Hansen.
Photo by Erika Hansen.

Lomakatski had a booth with riparian plants that they use to help restore local riparian areas, noting the importance of a healthy riparian zones and its impacts on our watershed.

Photo by Erika Hansen.
Photo by Erika Hansen.

Morgan from Coyote Trails Nature Center shared information on primitive skills, slowing down and listening and encouraged students to try starting a fire with a fire bow.

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