Wildlife, Watersheds, and Whatnot (W3)

What is W3?

W3 is an after-school natural resource science class offered in Salem for students grade 7 through 11. The broad theme is to encourage more harmony and less conflict between the natural and built environments through hands-on learning of best management practices in the context of the local community. Secondarily, it is a leadership development class to give youth exposure to peers and professional adults they likely would not encounter in a traditional classroom setting or other after-school programs.

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Scott Eden of Marion Soil and Water Conservation District instructs the W3 class on innovative storm water management and erosion control techniques


W3 Wildlife, Watersheds, and Whatnot: Class offered on Wednesdays from 3:00-6:30 pm, and one or two Saturdays per month for 0.5 high school science or elective credit. 80% of the class is in the field and is designed to connect youth with the work of natural resource specialists, plus learn about potential careers. Participation and completion of the 100+ hour class is a requirement for students wishing to participate in Caretakers of the Environment International activities through the USA Branch, Oregon Chapter. Originally designed as a one-term class, this past year we have made it optional to continue as a full credit class over two terms, with a pool of over 50 natural resource professionals to draw upon for the weekly class, supplemented with Saturday service-learning and enrichment activities.

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