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Watershed Academy~Job Pathways for Water and Climate Resilience

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  1. Mastering the skills and lessons of the Watershed Academy

    What is the Cycle of Getting Good Environmental Projects Done on the Ground?
  2. Getting on Board - the Paper Work: Emergency contact, Liability and Media Release, Contact Info and Coordinating Schedule
    5 Quizzes
  3. Creating and Keeping a Safe and Productive Work Environment
    2 Topics
  4. Keeping a timelog
  5. Pathways, Principles and Premises of Becoming a Water Protector
    Who is a Water Protector
  6. Job Pathways in Environmental Science and Protection
  7. Tracking your Journey
    Keeping a Journal with Field Notes
  8. What I need to take notes on+ journal prompts
  9. Scavenger Hunt
  10. Combining Traditional Ecological Knowledge with Contemporary Science for Improved Community and Water Security
    How have people traditionally used the watershed and protected community values in a changing world?
  11. How has land use in the past compare to how it's being used now in the watershed?
  12. Protecting Community Values in a Changing World
  13. What are the basic elements of understanding and assessing a watershed?
    What is a Watershed and Watershed Hydrology?
  14. Geology & soil conditions in the watershed
  15. Observe and Assess- Reading the Landscape
  16. Watershed & Ecological Restoration Practices
    Best Practices for Improving Watershed Management
  17. Restoring streams
  18. Erosion Control
  19. Vegetation and Aquatic Ecology in the Watershed
  20. Telling the Story of Your Watershed Academy Experience
    Why it's important to share what we find
  21. How to create a community presentation on what I learned
  22. Learning From the Past
    How to Interview an Elder
  23. Resources and Interview Prompts
  24. Become a Leader
    Community organizing for improved watershed health
  25. How to build a strong team
Lesson 9 of 25
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Scavenger Hunt

September 19, 2023

Scavenger Hunt Photo edition!

Throughout the internship you will use your personal device (smart phone) to take surveys and take photos. Do this scavenger hunt activity and see how many of the 15 items on this list you can get a photo of.

  1. A selfie!
  2. A picture of an invasive plant that is a problem such as:
  • Bill thistle or Musk thistle
  • Russian olive
  • Tamarisk

There are many other and you can find them in this guide or this guidebook from NMSU


3. A picture of a native plant such as:

Trees – see this guide for examples

  • Ponderosa pine
  • Rocky Mountain juniper
  • One seed juniper
  • Pinon pine
  • Aspen
  • Gambel oak
  • Douglas fir or White fir

Wildflowers (Forbs)-here is one link, and you can also load this app on your phone

  • Penstemon-many species
  • Primrose
  • Fleabane

Grasses – you can download this guide to your phone

  • Blue grama
  • Alkalai sacaton 


4. A picture of soil erosion such as (this webpage has some examples):

  • Rill erosion
  • An incised gully
  • A headcut
  • A rutted road that is not well drained
  • A cut bank on a river
  • A soil erosion problem that could be addressed or something that could be hard to fix

5. Picture of an erosion control structure that will reverse soil loss

6. A picture of a forest that appears to have too many trees

7. A picture of a forest that has good amount of trees

8. Picture of the Watershed Intern

9. Picture of someone expressing a moment of wonder

10. Picture of an insect 

11. Picture of a mammal

12. Picture of a funny/ironic sign

13. Picture of a beaver dam

14. Human-made structure (helpful for plants and soil)

15. Human-made structure (unhelpful for plants and soil)