Give Back Tahoe: Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships promotes sustainability |

Give Back Tahoe: Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships promotes sustainability

Fourth-grade student Stella Riha-Galbo, from Kings Beach Elementary School, tests the level of dissolved oxygen in local creek as part of SWEP's Wonders of Watershed program.
Courtesy SWEP |

TRUCKEE, Calif. — SWEP promotes environmental stewardship by connecting students with their community and local environment through watershed education and service-learning.

Our greatest strengths are exciting students, supporting teachers, creating partnerships, and developing the next generation of stewards.

SWEP connects students to their local community through sustainability club outreach: The SWEP advised Envirolution Club performs 15 nationally recognized Trashion shows to local schools and community audiences annually. Club members work to create outfits with messages advocating for our local community in the area of waste, energy and the environment. These same students become natural mentors in our community to younger students in the area of youth voice and environmental advocacy. Sustainability club members share their messages at community events such as: The STEAM Fair, Annual Earth Day, and many amazing conferences.

SWEP connects students to our local environment through service learning projects that address Lake Tahoe’s environmental issues: Students learn about watershed health by actively monitoring local creeks; studying macroinverbrates as bioindicators of stream health. SWEP’s Trout in the Classroom program allows students to actively participate in the recovery of the threatened Lahonton Cutthroat Trout. Students raise, observe and then release trout into our local streams.

SWEP educators assist regional teachers in teaching science standards through experiential learning: Over 9,000 local students are engaged in hand-on, scientific investigations through SWEP programs such as Science Fair Assemblies and the Winter Discovery Center.

SWEP is in urgent need of your support. We are actively looking to increase funding to support our programs. We’ve seen the thrilling success of nurturing students who have the skills, experience, and leadership to accomplish community good. We need your help to continue connecting students to the environment to make a difference.

Please call 530-583-1430 or write to Missy@4swep to support our programming.

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