MKWC's Watershed Education Program combines in class curriculum with hands-on restoration and monitoring field trips. Our program works with five local river schools to involve students in scientifically-based salmon and watershed restoration projects including:
• Fish Passage Improvement
• Fish Habitat Enhancement
• Invasive Weed Removal
• Stream Bank Stabilization and Revegetation
• Riparian Planting
Students work with natural resource professionals on the field trips to develop their science and career skills, and the projects benefit from the volunteer contributions of the students.
In the spring, Orleans Elementary students participate in weekly field trips to the downstream migrant fish trap on Camp Creek and the Klamath River to collect data on outmigrating juvenile salmon. Students work with fisheries technicians from the Forest Service and Karuk Tribe to measure, weigh, and identify juvenile salmon and other fish species. Students also learn about rotary screw trap operations, and collect water quality data at the site.
In the fall, Orleans Elementary and Happy Camp Elementary students participate in weekly Chinook salmon spawner surveys to collect data on redds, carcasses, and live fish. Students work with the Education Directors from MKWC, the Karuk Tribe, and the Forest Service to learn data skills such as: collecting scale and otolith samples, identifying live fish, identifying spawning habitat, measuring Chinook redds, and taking GPS waypoints of redd locations. All data is submitted to the Forest Service.