The Underwood Conservation District assists in various education and outreach activities within the District, including environmental education for students and community events.
3rd and 4th grade students at Whitson Elementary School in White Salmon regularly check water quality in lower Jewett Creek. Students also release coho salmon in the stream. Whitson’s program, which has been in operation for about 15 years, is led by school staff, with support from UCD, the Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery, the Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group, and other volunteers. 7th and 8th graders at Wind River Middle School in Carson monitor water conditions in the lower Wind River and in Carson Creek, as part of an outdoor education class. The class completes its semester efforts with a presentation to the Wind River Watershed Council. This class is supported by UCD, Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery, the Corps of Engineers, and other volunteers.
We also help with other occasional school events such as a spring effort to monitor water quality and remove weeds from Kanaka Creek, Stevenson Elementary’s annual outdoor school at Camp Wa-Ri-Ki, Mill A School’s outdoor education activities, and Klickitat School’s outdoor education activities.
All schools around the state are encouraged to participate in the Envirothon, which occurs annually each spring.
UCD has several types of lessons and curriculum available: Water on Wheels, Wheat Week, Project Wet, Enviroscape, etc. Contact UCD if you are a teacher, parent, or student interested in incorporating natural resource education in your school.