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Education and Information
The Oregon State University Watershed Extension and Master Watershed Steward Programs deliver watershed stewardship education and materials both on the OSU campus and statewide to organizations such as watershed councils, soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs), federal and state agencies, and non-profit groups to meet the watershed education needs of Oregon citizens and to help carry out the mission of the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds.
OSU´s Home*A*Syst Well Water Program is designed to help Oregonians protect the groundwater that supplies their drinking water through education. The program coordinator is based in Corvallis at Oregon State University and conducts projects throughout the state.
The materials below target K-12 educators, but many items can be adapted for outreach to other populations. Visit the what you can do page of this website for additional materials that may be useful for education and outreach activities related to salmon and watersheds. For technical information about implementing watershed restoration projects, see the restoration resources page.
Oregon Plan Education Materials
The Stream Scene: Watersheds, Wildlife and People curriculum for middle and high school students developed by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife provides an overview of watersheds, uplands, and riparian ecosystems, the water cycle, hydrology, water quality, and aquatic biology. Activities ultimately prepare students to conduct field investigations. The curriculum is available free for download.
In "Down to the Sea: The Story of a Little Salmon and His Neighborhood" a little fish hears about Oregon´s plan to protect the coho salmon. The story unfolds as a conversation between a long-winded scientist and a get-to-the-point fish -- a little salmon who needs help in keeping his neighborhood safe. Click here to download a PDF version.
Project Signs
Place project signs at sites that have received Lottery funds administered by OWEB.  A generic sign may be posted at any site.  Ready-made 12-inch x 18-inch signs on plastic backing are available.
A custom sign may be developed to name the project and list major sponsors.  Various sizes and sign materials are available.  Contact the OWEB communications coordinator at (503) 986-0195 to place an order.  View a sample.
Salmon and Watershed Education Websites
The websites below, many Oregon-focused, offer materials and approaches to teaching students and others about watersheds and salmon. Clicking below will take you to a brief overview of each and links to these external websites.
Project WILD and Aquatic WILD-Oregon is an interdisciplinary, supplementary environmental and conservation education program for educators of kindergarten through high school age young people. Additional information is available through the national Project WILD website.
Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) facilitates and promotes awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of water resources through the dissemination of classroom-ready teaching aids for educators of young people ages 5-18.
Project Learning Tree is a national environmental education curriculum covering a wide range of topics and audiences both within and outside the classroom setting.
The Oregon Forestry Education Program, housed at Oregon State University, implements the national Project Learning Tree curriculum with a focus on forestry issues.
In addition to its onsite wetland education programs in Hillsboro, Oregon, the Jackson Bottom Wetland Preserve offers a wide range of workshops, in-services and customized school involvement programs for schools and educators from throughout the Northwest.
Oregon Trout´s Salmon Watch Education Program is an environmental education program serving middle and high school students in Oregon that couples field trips to witness spawning salmon with classroom instruction and service learning projects.
The Hatfield Marine Science Center offers materials and programs for educators and students as well as onsite programs at its Newport, Oregon facility. The center´s focus is marine and estuarine science and resources.
A Snapshot of Salmon in Oregon, published by Oregon State University Extension Service, is a brief, easily understood discussion of the salmon crisis. Although it was published in 1998, it offers a broad, non-technical, and still-relevant discussion of the salmon issue´s biological, economic and social sides, from many points of view.