Watershed Education Summit
The Watershed Education Summit (WES) engages 60-80 high school students annually in watershed education and monitoring activities during a four-day event in the South Fork American River watershed.
The WES program continues to yield positive environmental and social outcomes in the South Fork American River watershed, and it has created a model for student-oriented environmental monitoring that is both transferable and expandable. In contributing to a long-term monitoring dataset, the WES program has fostered connections between experts and future stewards, and has informed adaptive solutions based on credible monitoring data. Stakeholders identified several components that contribute to the WES program’s longevity and range of outcomes, with focus on the student learning and exposure to real natural resource management issues.