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/