SWEP promotes environmental stewardship by connecting students to their community and local environment through comprehensive watershed education and service learning.
Students in the Tahoe/Truckee region understand the environment in which they live and are empowered to take action in their community to make a positive difference. Students, together with community partners and teachers, work collaboratively to address relevant environmental and social issues.
WHAT WE DO
SWEP fulfills our mission by collaborating with local teachers, school districts and community partners to address pertinent environmental issues. SWEP programs, operating in the Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District (TTUSD) since 1996, emphasize service learning because of the multiple benefits to both students and communities.
- Students benefit by participating in meaningful learning activities that are relevant to their life experience, developing higher-order thinking skills such as analysis, problem solving, and decision-making, and exploring future career pathways.
- Communities benefit from service learning projects because the service activities in which the students engage address a specific community problem or meet a particular community need. An additional benefit is the creation of young community members with a strong sense of civic responsibility and the skills, experience, and leadership to accomplish community good.
Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships (SWEP) is a small, community-oriented non-profit organization based within the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. We started out in 1994 as a small group of parents and teachers interested in providing comprehensive science education to the students in our local classrooms. In 1995, SWEP received a grant from AmeriCorps and Adopt-A-Watershed and began to incorporate science programs, outdoor field studies, and ecological restoration projects into the curriculum of our local school district. SWEP officially incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in 1996. We currently have two staff members, a committed volunteer core, and an active Board of Directors that collectively help us achieve our mission.
Melissa “Missy” Mohler