In order to create a culture of stewardship, we believe that we need to engage our youth in activities that inspire them to take care of the place they live, to be active and contributing members of their community, and to make connections with role-models and mentors in the community.
The Watershed Center has two programs to help facilitate youth development, the Indian Valley Summer Camp and the Youth Conservation Crew. Combined, these programs serve local youth ages 8-18, providing summer education and fun, as well as job skills and conservation training. We serve between 60-80 campers each summer and employ up to 7 young-adults on the Youth Crew.
Indian Valley Summer Camp is a two week summer camp program available on a sliding scale to all Trinity County youth. This program gives our youth the opportunity to experience the National Forest while learning about forestry, wildlife, and a variety of other skills such as orienteering. Many natural resource professionals participate in camp activities, modeling stewardship for campers while exposing them to a variety of career opportunities.
Each year, the Watershed Center hires a Youth Conservation Crew to conduct conservation work including removing noxious and invasive species, maintaining trails throughout the Hayfork Basin, and performing fuels reduction. Our youth crew members gain valuable job experience, learn conservation skills, and develop a sense of pride in stewarding our public lands.