Foster Creek Conservation District
Foster Creek Conservation District

Education & Outreach

Wade Troutman, FCCD Board Member, volunteers his time to help teach local high school students about soil health and water quality in relation to Direct Seed dryland farming.

Education and Outreach Events and Programs:

  • Botany Day (usually spring)
  • Earth Day at Chief Joseph Dam (April)
  • IRIS - Initiative for Rural Innovation and Stewardship (fall summit)
  • Kids in the Creek (fall)
  • Library programs for adults & students (all year)
  • Make A Difference Day (fourth Saturday in October)
  • NCW Fair educational booth (August)
  • North Central WA Regional Envirothon (April or May)
  • PUD Hydropower STEM Academy
  • Riparian Restoration Volunteer Days (spring, fall)
  • River of Power, Chelan PUD, Rocky Reach Dam (May)
  • Salmon in the Classroom (January - May)
  • Soil health and water quality tours for adults & students (all year)
  • Wenatchee River Salmon Festival (September)
  • Wildlife in the shrub-steppe talks with a focus on four key wildlife species: Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit, Greater sage-grouse, Sharp-tailed grouse, and the Washington ground squirrel (all year, as requested)
  • Guest appearances at other various events!

Angela Knerl, Natural Resource Specialist, at the NCW Fair educational booth in August 2018. 


Teaching Tools:

  • Aquatic invertebrate collection
    • A transportable collection of mayfly, caddisfly, dragonfly, stonefly, damselfly, diving beetle, whirligig, water strider, snail, leech, & amphipod (scud)
  • Douglas County Watershed Model  
    • Engages the audience through hands-on learning 
    • Demonstrates point & non-point source pollution
    • Sparks a conversation about the various conservation practices that can be installed to reduce the impacts of pollution, enhance water quality & quantity, and increase soil health to benefit humans, fish, and wildlife
  • The Incredible Journey - a water cycle game
  • Pass the Jug 
    • Teaches students about water rights and how pollution is fluid throughout connecting watershed systems
  • Salmon Survival Game
    • An active game where students take a journey through the the salmon life cycle and learn about the frequent struggles that salmon face
    • Recommended for larger groups (15+ students) where students play the role of either (1) a salmon, (2) a fisherman, or (3) a salmon predator (bear, osprey)
    • Played at River of Power - a week dedicated to 4th graders in the Wenatchee Valley to learn about salmon, Columbia River dams, and electricity
  • Soil sampling equipment 
    • Hands-on experience that demonstrates how to operate high precision measuring equipment to gauge soil health (pH, moisture content, and compaction)
  • Water quality sampling equipment & test results




Volunteers & previous FCCD staff member, Aaron Roseblum, planting native riparian vegetation in northern Douglas County on Make A Difference Day

in 2018. 


Sponsorship for MADD provided by the NCW Community Foundation:




Newsletter and Social Media:

2018 Education and Outreach Plan - Water Quality
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Part of our mission is to serve our community as best as we can, which means listening to your questions and concerns to develop educational materials and opportunities that you would like to see available.


If you have input or would like more information, please contact our office at 509-888-6372.

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