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Watershed Education

HPWA offers a variety of educational programs to help engage our entire community in Watershed Stewardship, ensuring a legacy of stewardship for future generations.  Programs include:

 

Landowners & Land Managers

Landowner and manager education is currently in three forms.  The Land Stewardship Series is a monthly series) comprised of presentations, workshops, and tours to teach practical watershed stewardship techniques.  See the Land Stewardship Series page for more information.   As resources are available, we offer individual consultations to landowners and managers.   Finally, we are developing an online resource called the Landowner Toolbox which will soon be available.

 

 

 

 

Professional Development for College Students and Young Professionals


HPWA offers internships to local college students and young people in order to support professional development opportunities in our rural community.   Internships are available in collaboration with NMHighlands University, Luna Community College and the United World College. We also currently host an AmeriCorps OSM/VISTA member providing professional-level employment in the field of watershed stewardship.

 

 

 

Primary and Secondary Schools

HPWA has offered numerous outdoor education opportunities to our community’s youth.   Programs have included: 1–2 day outdoor watershed activities with Memorial Middle School Summer School, presentations to middle schoolers attending a Water Conservation workshop, citizen science opportunities to survey beavers, riparian habitat and butterflies.  We intend to expand our education program for schools with the following and are looking for volunteers and funding to do so.

  • Host a Summer Camp to build watershed stewardship among our youth.
  • Start an afterschool Nature Club for local students.
  • Assemble, maintain and deliver a collection of ready-to-use lessons on watersheds to schools. 
  • Match Experts to Classrooms – Provide a coordinating function to offer science and environmental education to local schools by connecting willing experts with interested classrooms.

 Please visit our Volunteer and Donate pages to help us build these education programs.

 

 

General Community

The following efforts and events are offered to foster a Watershed understanding and camaraderie in our general community:

  • Annual Gallinas Watershed Olympics held in the fall
  • Annual Gallinas River Spring Cleanup
  • Participation in local festivals and events – Synergy Fest, People’s Faire, USFS Earth Day Kiwanis Outdoor Recreation Show
  • Biannual Newsletter
  • Characters of the Watershed- multi-media project