In 1996, Morrow and Umatilla Counties recognized the importance of educating school children on watershed health. The program provides students with knowledge and tools to understand watershed concepts, interactions, and connections between soils, geology, vegetation, fish, macro-invertebrates, weather, water use, etc. and stream health. In addition to traditional methods of teaching about water resources in the classroom, WFD provides students with hands-on, in field learning opportunities.
The Watershed Field Days event is based on the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife curriculum, which exposes students to the concept of watersheds and raises their awareness of how we impact our environment. The WFD Stations, (weather, soils, plant identification, macro-invertebrates, water quality, wildlife, First Foods and stream bank restoration) are designed to provide students with hands-on experiences with the many components that make up the study of watershed systems.
The goal of WFD is to provide a quality, hands-on, natural resource-related education experience that couples with existing science and agriculture curriculum. Additionally, WFD provides 5th grade students exposure to natural resources professionals and future career options. Partnering with educators, natural resources professionals, and schools we use our collective knowledge and skills to better our environment.