Each year, BCWEP coordinates the following community events. Each event is designed to celebrate the Bear Creek Watershed and encourage watershed stewardship among local students and community members.
Check our calendar for upcoming dates and information!
Watershed Education Symposium
Held every spring for the last 18 years, BCWEP's Annual Watershed Education Symposium brings students, educators, community organizations and natural resource agencies together for a grand celebration of our Bear Creek Watershed. The Symposium emphasizes the idea that we all live in a watershed and that our efforts to understand and improve its conditions interconnect. Each year, hundreds of students attend the Symposium, which serves as a culmination of the many student watershed projects that occurred throughout the school year. The Symposium offers a forum for discussion and a means of exploring new ways of studying our watershed.
The primary purpose is to provide students with the opportunity to make presentations on their outdoor education projects and to set up table displays. All grade levels are welcome. We invite presentations from all disciplines, including science, writing, math, social science and visual art projects that focus on watershed topics. A gallery space is available for contributions from classes that have done art, photography, poetry, etc about the watershed. Students and educators who are not making presentations and the general public are also encouraged to attend.
The 18th Annual Bear Creek Watershed Symposium will be held May 16th, 2013 at Kids Unlimited in Medford. Check our calendar for more details on the Symposium. Due to space constraints, we are limited to 250 student participants. Funds are available to assist with transportation expenses, so register early. For more information or to register please contact us.
Kids & Bugs Day
Food for salmon and trout, aquatic macroinvertebrates (stream bugs) are an integral part of the creek's food web. They're also fascinating to watch, fun to catch, and an easy way to engage students in stream ecology. Our Kids and Bugs Day brings these critters to life for nearly a hundred students every year. With a special emphasis on working with our valley's Latino population, bilingual science educators are on hand to lead exciting activities based on the mayflies, caddisflies, and other charismatic insects living in Bear Creek. Kids and Bugs will take place in October 2013. Check the calendar for more details.
Bear Creek Clean-up
The Bear Creek Watershed is important to us all. In this urban setting, it is essential to help maintain clean water by doing our part. Each year, BCWEP hosts a half day stream clean-up in conjuntion with SOLV. Because more of the community is becoming directly involved with improving the Bear Creek watershed, we feel this event is essential.
The Bear Creek Clean Up event is free and open to the public, and refreshments and prizes are provided. This is a great event for families or service groups. Our annual stream clean up grows each year and also includes: non-native plant removal, storm drain stenciling, water quality testing and general habitat improvements. The Clean Up is usually held in the fall, check our calendar for this year's date and contact us to get involved!