River School teacher Louann Talbert has created a wonderful watershed ecology program for her students. Her students raise salmon in the classroom, learn from classroom presentations (including from FONR) and go on a number of watershed field trips. At least one of her classes visited the rotary screw fish trap on the Napa River with the Napa RCD and FONR, and others planted oak trees at Alston Park. The program culminates with students working in groups to come up with a project to benefit the river. Four groups chose to have bake sales, a lemonade stand or collect donations as part of their project: 20 students raised nearly $400 for FONR! Other groups conducted river cleanups, made videos, created websites, and made and distributed fliers to educate the public about the Napa River.
Here are links to a few of their projects:
A flier : Losing our Watershed with a link to Instagram for more information @help_our_watershed
And settle in with some popcorn for this informative short film about the Napa River Watershed
Friends of the Napa River is delighted to lend support to this program, grateful for the support from the students and community, and heartened to see our local students learning about their watershed and taking action to keep our River clean. The little things add up. Well done! Or should I say, a work well begun…?