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Promoting Cooperative Action in the Carson River Watershed
Funded through the Carson Water Subconservancy District (CWSD) and the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection grant, CWSD contracts with River Wranglers to implement our Environmental Education Program (EE). The EE program offers workshops, classroom sessions, and hands-on field trips to local schools, youth and adult service groups, and educators throughout the watershed (e.g. Douglas, Carson City, Lyon, Storey, and Churchill County , NV and Alpine County, CA).
The EE program focuses on increasing students’ knowledge and understanding about non-point source water pollution and their role in watershed stewardship. Over 2000 people are contacted annually through this program. River Wranglers, a 501c(3) organization, is dedicated to educating youth and families to explore and conserve our rivers through community programs, projects, and hands-on outdoor education. Contact Linda Conlin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 775.230.0633 for more information.
Carson Water Subconservancy District provides a grant to River Wranglers to conduct Conserve Carson River Workdays as a portion of the overall EE program. The Conserve Carson River Workdays program offers students, from schools throughout the watershed, the ability to experience the Carson River first hand by doing river conservation and maintenance projects at streamside locations.
Local conservation districts partner with River Wranglers bringing approximately 900 students, 60 adults and 50 volunteers to the river annually. This grant also funds conservation district staff to conduct vegetation management projects including cutting and planting willows for workdays and restoration efforts, rodent control, and reduction of potential flood hazards in the river. Contact Linda Conlin at 775.230.0633 or email@example.com to learn more about Conserve Carson River Work Days.
River Wrangler’s service learning program in the great outdoors.
River Wranglers’ program pairs high school students with natural resource professionals in the community so students learn about watershed issues and explore possible career paths. Teens in the Carson River Watershed area can apply for the River Wranglers Teens Educating Communities (TECS) Program. This service learning opportunity involves hands-on learning with adult mentors. Students develop an interactive display table and activity. They utilize their traveling exhibit to attend events and educate the community about watershed issues. Complete a volunteer form to get started.
The Carson River Snapshot Day is a one-day stream monitoring event for the Carson River watershed in Nevada and California. It is a volunteer-based annual event that takes a picture of your watershed at 1-moment in time (i.e. as a complete hydrologic unit). Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) and the Carson River Coalition – Education Working Group coordinate this cross-boundary sampling effort. Resource professionals from local non-profits, academia, county, state, and federal agencies offer time and resources to lead volunteer monitoring teams assigned to collect water quality samples and assess stream health.
If you are interested in volunteering or having your class participate, contact Mary Kay Wagner at firstname.lastname@example.org or (775) 687-9454.
The Nevada Department of Wildlife coordinates the Trout inthe Classroom program in Nevada. The program is designed to satisfy 5th grade standards though it is used by elementary and high school classes alike. River Wranglers serves as a classroom “trout buddy” and visits classes to do activities and teach aquatic ecology. Teachers may plan their classroom fish release with River Wranglers and after releasing the trout, they spend the morning doing activities to explore water quality, the impact of Nonpoint Source Pollution (NPSP) on fish, the layout of our watershed and more.
There are many opportunities to get involved with Environmental Education Programs / Activities throughout out watershed. Program and contact information for ways you can get involved are provided in the following documents.
Carson River Environmental Education in the Carson River Watershed