Austin Youth River Watch

Austin Youth River Watch
P.O. Box 40351
Austin, TX 78704
Melinda Chow (512) 708-9115
Austin Youth River Watch trains high school students to monitor the quality of 28 sites along Austin area creeks, streams, and rivers, and to perform stream improvement projects throughout the area. We are empowering primarily underserved youth through our hands-on environmental science program.
Audiences: Approximately 140 students, most from 10 Title 1 high schools, apply each year.
School-Year Program: In partnership with the City of Austin’s Watershed Protection Department, Parks and Recreation Department, and the Austin Water Utility, we engage underserved youth in real-world projects that facilitate learning about science and our community. The program not only provides free specialized instruction, but provides experience for resumés and college applications.
Teaching, which occurs one day a week throughout the school year, includes: water-quality testing; macroinvertebrate testing; trash clean-up; riparian restoration projects; rain garden construction; nature ID hikes (I-naturalist); and urban agriculture. Meals and transportation are provided.
Austin Environmental Heroes (summer program): High-school enrollees work from 7 AM to 3 PM on 3 days a week. Tasks include tree watering, tree mapping, collecting water quality data, and learning environmental techniques such as datasonde measurement. A 4th day each week is for outdoor adventures including camping, swimming, canoeing, tree climbing, or visits to local universities and natural areas. Meals, transportation, and stipend provided.

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