Environmental Education

NRS engages the community in myriad Environmental Education projects ranging from in-classroom school offerings to public workshops and outreach. Most recently, grant funding through the Department of Fish and Wildlife supported the development of ‘Droughtbusters,’ a water conservation and salmonid stream health program with the inclusion of a rain barrel water catchment kit. This program targeted 5th grade public school classrooms in the Mad River basin watershed.  Other grant-funded work (DROPS: drought response outreach program for schools) has been developed to work with select schools in need of engineered storm water runoff enhancements. NRS will visit elementary and high school classrooms and facilitate storm water programming, water quality testing and low impact development design exercises.
Through Explore the Coast State Coastal Conservancy funding, NRS will be launching several concurrent projects in the near future. NRS will once again be able to promote south Eureka’s Hikshari’ Trail with a popular family-friendly ‘Explore the Coast’ event featuring free boating and environmental education activities. During school year 2016-2017, NRS will be working with Eureka High School (EHS) students in the development of a QUEST (natural and cultural history scavenger hunt with patch prizes) for the Hikshari’ Trail. Furthermore, EHS students will be assisting on the development of a series of ‘Explore the Coast’ film shorts highlighting natural and cultural aspects along the Eureka Waterfront Trail for a newly launched web application for the California Coastal Trail.

Related Projects

Photo of an installed rain barrel at Union Street Charter School in Arcata, CA.

Through a Department of Fish and Wildlife grant, NRS visited classrooms in the 2015/2016 school year at public schools throughout the Mad River and Eureka Plain watersheds with our Droughtbuste