"Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I will remember. Involve me and I will understand. -Confucius
Kids in the Creek and Out of the Classroom
One of our most popular and successful education and outreach programs is Kids in the Creek. In the early 1990's a small group of localvolunteers serving on the Board of Supervisors recognized the potential impacts of ChelanCounty's rapid growth and development on local water quality and decided to take action. They secured funding from the Washington State Department of Ecology to form an EducationCommittee consisting of local high school teachers and natural resource specialists. The committee met in 1992 to develop the curriculum, and in 1993 Kids in the Creek was born.
The objective of the Kids in the Creek program is to show kids how streams and watersheds work. Students walk away with an understanding of how their actions can effect stream health, in both negative and positive ways. They begin by preparing in the classroom where teachers can use the Kids in the Creek curriculum to introduce key concepts and terms. They are then able to take their studies to the field for a unique hands-on learning experience. Guided by area resource professionals, they complete a series of five stations where they learn about watersheds, stream habitat, water quality, riparian areas, and macroinvertebrates or "stream bugs". Students are given the opportunity to observe nature firsthand thus providing them with insight unavailable in the pages of a science book.
If you are an area high-school teacher or homeschooling parent interested in finding out more about the Kids in the Creek environmental education program Contact Us.