Education

Education is a key component of the GWP mission. We are developing educational programming for Graham and Greenlee Counties to engage our community in learning about the resources we have, the challenges we face and how we can work together to improve water quality and ecosystem condition for the benefit of all.

Programs

Upper Gila Nature Scouts

GWP grows a wide variety of plant species for use in our restoration projects and we are always interested in which animals are using the plants we grow. You can help us document the diversity of plants and animals of the Upper Gila Watershed by simply signing up for a free iNaturalist account here, snapping photos of animals and flowering plants you see when you are hiking or otherwise enjoying nature, and uploading those photos to the iNaturalist website. Any of the photos you upload that match our species or areas of interest will be automatically added to our special project pages. This is a family-friendly and easy way to contribute to collective knowledge of plants and animals that occur throughout Graham and Greenlee Counties, and a great way to learn more about what you see. Since iNaturalist is free and open source, your observations not only help GWP, but can help other scientists studying plants or animals in our watershed.

Girl Scout Spring Break Camp

During this four-day camp, Juniors and Cadettes complete their “Think like a Citizen Science” journey with GWP. Girls explore how to be a citizen scientist, ways they can make a difference in their community through citizen science, and choose an action to take. For more information or to sign up for the camp please visit the Girl Scout website.

Earn While You Learn

  • EAC Work Study: Students from Eastern Arizona College work with us to learn the various aspects of our operations including greenhouse/nursery management, wild seed collection and processing, and ecological restoration practices. Positions depend on funding and are recruited through EAC. Please contact their financial aid office for more information.

  • SEAYLS: The Southeastern Arizona Youth Land Stewardship program is a six-week paid summer internship for 16- to 20-year-old residents of Greenlee County. Interns assist professionals from multiple organizations involved in watershed related work. They receive mentorship, experience, and build transferable job skills that prepare them for entering the job market and allow them to form strong connections to the land and their community. Applications for the program are expected to open in March 2021.

  • University of Arizona Wildcat Corps: The U of A Graham County Extension office places AmeriCorps members in our community and three of those positions assist Gila Watershed Partnership with various watershed programming. Applications for these seasonal positions open in July with the season running from September to July. Members receive a stipend for their service and those who successfully complete their service term also receive an educational award for past or future college expenses. Please visit the Americorps website to learn more about the program and how to apply.


For more information, contact Kara Barron, Science & Outreach Manager: kara@gwpaz.org or (928) 424-3886.