We believe that investing in our local youth is vital for the future of our lands and communities. Our Youth Program is designed to create a culture of stewardship by getting local youth involved in activities that inspire them to take care of the place they live, and give them skills to become active and contributing members of their community.
Since 2001 the Watershed Center has partnered with local schools, agencies, organizations, and community members to develop two programs that engage youth in our mission to promote environmental education, hands-on restoration, and community development: the Indian Valley Summer Camp and the Hayfork Youth Conservation Crew. Each year these programs engage local youth ages 8-18, serving up to 80 campers, employing up to 9 young adults and providing opportunities for place-based education, hands-on learning, access to role models and mentors, and valuable work opportunities.
Other youth enrichment projects the Watershed Center supports include the collaborative Trinity County Environmental Camp for 5th graders at Bar 717, the Youth Salmon Gathering event for 4th & 5th graders, outdoor learning sessions about salmon, and science field trips to the Hayfork Community Wetlands for 7-12th graders.
Learn more about our youth program opportunities by checking out our Indian Valley Summer Camp and Hayfork Youth Crew programs.