Programs, Projects, and Events
Environmental & Sustainability Clubs
Grades: K-5th Green Team 6th-8th Eco-Action 9th-12th Envirolution Club
Description: Sustainability clubs utilize interactive educational projects to empower students and teachers to be good global citizens working to ensure adequate resources for a clean and healthy environment. SWEP educators, along with high school student mentors, facilitate weekly club meetings with student participants to explore green service learning projects including waste reduction, reuse, recycling, gardening, composting, energy and water conservation, and pollution prevention. Through these meetings students work together to develop their knowledge, create a sense of civic responsibility, foster a school environment that emphasizes sustainability while practicing data, monitoring and other important language arts, math and science skills.
Partners: Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, Shane McConkey Foundation, & Site PTOs
Native Fish: Art & Environment
Description: A one hour classroom lesson that combines a recycled art project with native species, life cycle, and service learning topics. Students will learn about the Lahonton Cutthroat Trout while creating an art piece that will be used to promote community participation in Truckee River Day; an annual day of river, wetland and meadow restoration.
Partners: Truckee River Watershed Council
Wonders of Watersheds WOW!
Description: A watershed education program that combines environmental science and community service. Students participate in a hands-on, watershed themed, science lesson that explores issues impacting the Lake Tahoe Watershed, then take action through a service project focused on improving the health of our watershed. All watershed themed lessons are aligned with grade-level, state science standards.
Tahoe Basin Watershed Education Summit At Blackwood Canyon
Description: The Tahoe Basin Watershed Education Summit (TBWES) will partner high school students and teachers from the Tahoe Truckee region with resource specialists, and resource conservation district personnel in a 3 day / 2 night, extensive watershed monitoring project in Blackwood Canyon. Students from both South Shore and North Shore high schools will work alongside scientific professionals, and be involved in hands-on, field data collection critical to developing future restoration activities for this impaired watershed. Students will participate in a complete experience that combines community service, educational development, environmental stewardship, and career exploration.
Partners:Tahoe Resource Conservation District, Lake Tahoe Unified School District, US Forest Service, & Eldorado Resource Conservation District, Tahoe Institute for Natural Sciences
Trashion Show Assemblies
by the Truckee High School Envirolution Club
Description: High school youth empower younger students and the community to take action towards conservation measures in the areas of energy efficiency, water conservation, composting and recycling, through “Lead it, Live it” Trashion Show Assemblies. A Trashion Show Assembly is a fashion show of artistic outfits made from trash, each with a commentary piece that is light hearted, yet educational, sending a message of positive action.
Partners: Town of Truckee, Tahoe Donner Public Utility District, Waste Not/Incline Village General Improvement District, Tahoe City Public Utility District, & North Tahoe Public Utility District
Re-vegetation & Forest Health Field Day
Grades: 6th-8th grades
Description: SWEP partners with the Sugar Pine Foundation to offer a re-vegetation and forest health monitoring field day for middle school aged students. Students participate in a hands-on forest stewardship project that involves students in a re-vegetation, water quality monitoring and mapping activities.
Partners: Sugar Pine Foundation
Trout in the Classroom
Description: SWEP supports classroom teachers interested in participating in the Trout in the Classroom Program. Trout in the Classroom is a conservation-oriented, environmental education program that connects students to their local watershed. Throughout the spring students monitor and care for Lahonton Cutthroat Trout eggs, raising them from egg to fry, and eventually release them into an approved nearby stream or lake. Through this project students learn about native species, habitats, water quality and develop a conservation ethic.
Partners: US Department of Fish and Wildlife, Tahoe Environmental Research Center, Captain Planet Foundation, Placer County Game Commission
Winter Discovery Program
Description: SWEP collaborates with the Tahoe Cross Country Ski Education Association (TCCSEA) to offer the Winter Discovery Program at the base of the Tahoe Cross Country Center just outside of Tahoe City. The Winter Discovery Program is an official SnowSchool site that works with local schools to provide winter ecology field trips that combine science explorations with cross country skiing. Third through fifth grade classes are encouraged to participate two to three times throughout the winter season.
Partners: Tahoe Cross Country Ski Education Association
Sagehen Field Days
Description: Students learn about their own back yard, and develop their sense of place during a multi-day, outdoor-school experience. Fifth grade students participate in a series of field study activities led by Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships’ and University of California at Berkeley educators to learn about the Sagehen forest, watershed, and the plants and animals that exist in these environments.
Partners: Sagehen Outdoor School, UC Berkeley Sagehen Creek Field Station
Description: A science field day for eighth grade students to investigate watershed health, and human impacts on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Students become detectives, and grapple with complex, interdisciplinary scientific problems presented in “Mystery of the Dying Fish” a GEMS Environmental Detectives curriculum. SWEP educators along with partners from UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) host this engaging program. Pre-lessons are offered to enhance this learning experience for students.
Partners: Tahoe Environmental Research Center
Science Fair Assembly & Family Science Night
Description: The Science Fair Expo is a school day assembly that engages students in hands-on scientific exploration stations that emphasize the scientific method. Designed to look and feel like a science fair, the Science Fair Expo introduces students to the format of a traditional science fair while also introducing them to important scientific content. The Family Science Night program is a fun, interactive, and educational evening for families, which compliments a school day Science Fair Expo for students. These two programs are designed to increase the visibility of science in everyday life, and increase the confidence of children and their families regarding what science is and how to engage in scientific thinking. Community partners are included in the Family Science Night program as a way of showcasing their work and introducing students to real life scientists in our community.
For more information:
P.O. Box 1602 Tahoe City, CA 96145