Watershed Education Adventures (WEA) was started in 2012 by Theresa Crain to meet the environmental education needs in Yamhill County. In 2015, Neyssa Hays joined WEA and the team decided to become part of GYWC.
We have big dreams for WEA, but decided to start small with just a few weeks of day camps per year, plus one all-ages Saturday event per month. WEA is also available for field trips and in-class nature programs that focus on hands-on learning.
Specializing in creating intimate relationships with nature for people of all ages, WEA encourages curiosity and creativity as well as getting dirty and having fun while learning about the wonders of nature.
We believe strongly that we are teaching the leaders and community members of the future, and that exposing them to nature as much as possible will help them make more informed decisions and become conciencious citizens.
While WEA focusses primarily on educating children, we welcome people of all ages to join us in our adventures and explorations. Come out and play with us!
Naturalists Theresa Crain and Neyssa Hays use the wonders and magic inherent in nature to excite and educate children in biology and ecology. With a degree in Natural Resource Interpretation from Humboldt State University and professional background as a state parks interpreter, Theresa brings nearly twenty years' experience. Neyssa holds a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences from Oregon StateUniversity and has worked in the natural resources field for over eleven years as a park ranger, naturalist, and fisheries biologist assistant. Theresa and Neyssa have extensive experience working with children in both formal classroom settings and in nature.
Healthy lands and waters are at the heart of what make the Greater Yamhill Watershed a wonderful place to live, work, and play.
We enjoy productive agricultural and timber lands, iconic rural landscapes and growing urban centers, expansive networks of streams and rivers, and a diversity of native fish, plants, and wildlife.
These natural resources tie us together as a community and give our local area its unique character.
With the variety of challenges facing our watershed today, the long-term viability of our community depends on the work we do now to conserve and restore the health of our lands and waters.
The Greater Yamhill Watershed Council is a non-profit organization working to unite our community to conserve and restore the health of our watershed. We are passionate in our belief that everyone has a role to play in improving and sustaining our community.
The best time to start may have been a 100 years ago, but the second best time is NOW! Get involved and make a difference for our watershed today!
A watershed council is a locally organized, voluntary, non-governmental group established to assess and improve the condition of watersheds in their local area. Starting in the early 1990’s, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board began a competitive grant funding program to empower local communities to form watershed councils across the entire state of Oregon.
Nearly every square mile of Oregon is now represented by a community-based, locally-driven watershed council.
Watershed councils offer communities the opportunity to identify locally-significant priorities and to work with diverse stakeholders to improve the health of their watersheds.
Councils have no regulatory authority and are dedicated to working with people on an entirely voluntary-basis.
Councils seek to partner with a balanced representation of local interests, including landowners, residents, businesses, nonprofits, tribes, local, state and federal governments (and many others) to accomplish the shared goal of long-term watershed health.