Kids in the Creek

The Clear Creek Student Restoration and Monitoring Project is a collaborative service-learning project that teaches and provides educational experiences about the Upper Clear Creek watershed in Shasta County, California. This project is located on French Gulch Creek near the town of French Gulch  and aims to assist students from three local schools with studying, restoring, and monitoring riparian habitat severely burned during the August 2004 French Fire.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Kids in the Creek, again

Students at French Gulch-Whiskeytown School have been involved in planting native plants, observing wildlife, and learning about their watershed. They are involved with their local environment as stewards of the land that backs up to their community. Students have ownership of what they are doing and will be able to see their efforts for many years to come. It benefits the kids, the community, and the watershed when everyone is working together, making a positive difference, and helping to ensure a healthier environment in the future. The other benefit is that students learn and do science, writing, reading, math, arts, and social studies all as part of their participation in their learning and environment. Education and understanding of the environment is critical to the future health of our natural resources.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Kids in the Creek is Back!

The kids will be planting native plants and learning about fire ecology as they analyze the recovery from the French Fire. They have been exploring the life and health of the Clear Creek Watershed by looking at indicator species, pH, temperature, and biodiversity. We are excited to get out and explore the creek more.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Happy New Year!
NAWA students and their faithful leader, Chris, have been busy planting and tending to the site. We are grateful for their continued willingness to participate. They were able to identify the surviving plants and have done a fine job replacing the ones that didn't make it... (that heat last July was a killer!)
Stay tuned for updates from the students!

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Brochure Page 2!

Here is page 2!

Invasives Brochure is Complete!!

Good news! We completed the Invasive Species Brochure and had them printed. They look fantastic! Special thanks to Izzy and other NAWA students for compiling alot of the information and design ideas!
Attached is the first page of the 3-fold brochure and I'll post the other page next. You can also view and download the brochure soon from our project website,
Please contact me at 530.365.7332 x203 if you'd like a few to display and hand out! Enjoy!

Summer has been upon us for quite a while and the kids have just a few more weeks before school revs up again! Yikes!
Our plants are battling the heat thanks to Chris from NAWA! He's diligently watering weekly and we should have better success with our plants over this hot summer. He's been bringing NAWA students out the last few weeks also.
The Himalayan Blackberry and Tree of Heaven are putting up a fight and trying to take over. Fortunately we have a little more time on the grant to hack away at them! Here's a picture of the site on July 12th.
Enjoy the last few weeks of summer!

Friday, June 02, 2006

Native and Nonnative Plants by Michaela

After the fire in French Gulch all of the native were taken over by the nonnative plants. The nonnative plants that had taken over the native were called the; Himalayan Blackberry bush, and Tree of Heaven. The native plants we have planted are the native willow, wild grape, redbud, California Blackberry, and other species.

Friday, May 26, 2006

hello all... my name is Izzy and im from Nawa. I have been asked to post the results from our water monitoring data over the last few months. The test we performed on the water were nitrate, phosphate, ph, tempurature, turbidity, and disolved oxogen. these are our results;

date, temp(t), ph, turbidity(tur), disolved oxygen(do), nitrate(n), phosphates(p)

10/21/05, t=12.2, ph= 8.26, tur=2.59, do=97.8% 10.24mg/L, n=0.0 p=n/a
2/7/06, t=10.7, ph=8.38, tur=22.7, do=106.8% 11.98mg/L, n=0.3 p=25mg/L
2/14/06, t=10.0, ph=8.05, tur=6.5, do=87% 9.6mg/L, n=0.15, p=50mg/L
2/21/06, t=8.4, ph=8.12, tur=3.7, do=104% 12.35mg/L, n-n/a, p=10mg/L
3/1/06, t=8.4, ph=8.17, tur=1.3, do=101.37% 11.62mg/L, n=.5, p=20mg/L
3/7/06, t=9.2, ph=8.8, tur=23.3, do=103% 11.46mg/L, n=.5, p=25mg/L
3/14/06, t=7.4, ph=8.11, tur=14, do=105.5% 12.4mg/L, n=0, p=10mg/L
3/21/06, t=9.2, ph=8.22, tur=10.4, do=102.6% 11.84mg/L, n=.3, p=25mg/L
3/27/06, t=9, ph=8.11, tur=15.9, do=134.7% 17.55mg/L, n=.5mg/L, p=10mg/L
4/3/06, t= 9.6, ph= 8.15, tur=41.4, do=96.8% 10.83mg/L, n=.15, p=25mg/L
4/19/06, t=10.8, ph=8.21, tur=50.6, do=105% 12.15mg/L, n=.3, p=25mg/L
4/27/06, t=13, ph=6.3, tur=15.8, do=112%, n=.5, p=100mg/L
5/1/06, t=13.6, ph=8.45, tur=11.9, do=101% 10.26mg/L n=n/a, p =100mg/L
5/8/06, t=14.9, ph=3.18, tur=6.1, do=91% 9.1mg/L, n=0, p=100mg

The watershed by Kyle (6th Grade)

Dear Blogger, our watershed project includes WSRCD and three schools: NAWA, CCS and FGWS. At our watershed, we volunteer to work. Then we take out non-natives such as: Himalayan black berries, tree of heaven and other non-natives. Also, we planted native grasses, trees, and other native plant. It has been fun working on the watershed and I hope this effort continues.

The Watershed by Breanna (5th Grade)

We have been planting and kick netting. We have been putting in natives and taking out non-natives. For example, we have been taking out Himalayan black berries and tree of heaven. We have also been looking at water temperature, pH, and more.

OUR WATERSHED by Natalie (6th Grade)

One beautiful sunny afternoon, my class went to our watershed. Mr.Heims, my teacher, was giving us some things to write like a poem, story, and more. I was sitting on a log with my friends. The wind was blowing in my face and through the trees. Mr.Heims called us all over to tell us about poison oak, because a shovel was in it. Then we went back to what we were doing. After we were done, we went back to school, but before we went back to school, the kids went in the creek because it was hot out.
Last Friday my class went to our watershed to see how it was doing. It looks a lot better now compared to after the fire had come and destroyed it. Since the fire, our watershed looks like there was no fire. Other schools came to help make the watershed perfect once again. NAWA, Chrysalis, and French Gulch came to the watershed to make it beautiful with trees, flowers, and other things. Animals came back to the watershed because of our help.

The Watershed by Heidi (7th Grade)

In our Watershed, we are working on helping this area from a disastrous fire that occured on August 14, 2004. What we do in the Watershed is test water quality, cut down the non- native plants (invasive plants), and planting native plants. We use kick nets to catch aquatic invertebrates for study, and we set down tracking plates to see what animals have gone by. We have done a lot, but we still have a lot to do.

The River by Jamie (4th Grade)

My class is going to the River. When we got to the other side, birds were singing, plants were growing. My Teacher said, “Grab a shovel and some plants.” When he was giving directions, I saw a caterpillar on a leaf. It is hard to pay attention with all this cool stuff happing.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Great job everybody!

Justed wanted to tell you all GREAT JOB with the poetry and other stories on this "Water Blog"! We'll do our best to share all your amazing contributions with our community!
See you all next week for Creek Day 2006!

Wildflowers were blooming last week!