Since HEF’s inception in 1996, we have strived to pursue education and outreach as part of our mission, continually working on meaningful programs, providing resources and experiences for local community members, landowners, students, and other organizations to understand the symbiotic relationships between human impacts and the fragile balance of ecosystem functions.
Over the last decade, we have developed Internship programs for our regional college students to work and experience hands on approaches to learning. We have also created and worked with local school districts and teachers to have opportunities to come into the classrooms to discuss and share regional knowledge about ethnobotony and natural resources. HEF has had hundreds of students participate with on the ground projects, providing different habitat types on our properties for both native riparian plant planting, as well as, monitoring stations for students to conduct actual water quality monitoring tests.
HEF has also hosted “town hall” meetings, providing a platform and facilitation for local residents and community members to discuss regional environmental issues and concerns, proposed ESA listings and what could mean for landowners, basin wide water issues, and community planning. We consistently work with the local governments and municipalities to provide resources and information that can support planning efforts and further negotiations for long-term planning.
Through other outreach methods, HEF has consistently been requested to participate in regional festivals, events, workshops, seminars, and conferences. During these events, we provide direct dialog and discussion on critical issues, topics of the event, and general environmental outreach. We also have provided services to specific events to help ensure hands on experiences for families that attend.
Staying involved in the schools and community is a critical component to our overall mission, sustaining stewardship, sharing information and resources, as well as, active encouragement and inspiration to promote informed long-term management practices that which is beneficial for both the community and ecoregion.
- 1997 – 2012 – Continue working with regional schools, communities, and events
How can Creekside Conservancy help you:
Back yard habitats – native plant planting
Assist with Outreach & Education
Staffing events, distribute information, & support projects
Conservation , preservation, enhancements, & education
Be a Resource!
Facilitate, Coordinate, problem solve, & find solutions!