Tahoe Basin Watershed Education Summit


WHAT:  TBWES partners high school students and teachers from the Tahoe Truckee region with resource specialists, and resource conservation district personnel in a 2.5 day / 2 night, extensive watershed monitoring project in Blackwood Canyon on Lake Tahoe’s West Shore.  Students from both South Shore, North Shore and Truckee high schools will work along side scientific professionals, and be involved in hands-on, field data collection critical to developing future restoration activities for this impaired watershed. This program is being coordinated by SWEP (Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships) in partnership with the South Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition, US Forest Service, Tahoe Institute for Natural Sciences, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, League to Save Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Resource Conservation District and others.

WHEN:  September 27th-September 29th

  • September 27th: 2:45pm depart high school sites for Blackwood Canyon.
  • September 28th: Field day with bird banding, invasive weed identification & removal, stream data training & collection, evening review with Forest Service Scientist & Resource Specialists
  • September 29th: Field Day with more data collection & field work.  Depart Blackwood Canyon by 2:30pm and return to high school sites by 3:30.

WHERE:  Blackwood Canyon (3 miles south of Tahoe City on Lake Tahoe’s West Shore) Camping at Kaspian Campground and field work on Blackwood Creek in Blackwood Canyon.

WHY: TBWES will provide data critical to the US Forest Service to the continued restoration of the Blackwood Canyon. Students will be involved in a balanced experience combining community service, academic achievement, environmental stewardship, and career exploration.

HOW:  To participate in TBWES, students must fill out the TBWES application page and return to school office no later than Friday, September 8th.   Accepted students will be notified by September 15th.  New this year: Accepted students must attend a short orientation at their school site.  During orientation students will obtain the required TBWES permission slips and paperwork and have an opportunity to ask questions.  SWEP staff will notify students of the confirmed orientation date, time and location.

COST:  $15/student fee

BONUS: Students are eligible to receive environmental science credit through Lake Tahoe Community College for their participation at TBWES.  Contact Ashley Phillips to learn more about college credit option.

Questions/more info:  Ashley Phillips: ashley@4swep.org  530-208-6154 .


 2016 funding was generously provided by Clif Bar Family Foundation

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