The Oak Creek Watershed Council (OCWC) and the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension are seeking motivated applicants for the Oak Creek Master Watershed Steward Program to become highly valued volunteers interested in knowledge about watershed issues and sharing their experience with others.
Get involved with others who are interested in water resources, and learn how to make more informed decisions related to your own land, community and watershed. Study about forest ecology, and the geology of the Cornville-Sedona-Oak Creek Canyon area. Gain hands-on experience in water quality monitoring and water conservation. Discover how GPS and GIS technology are used for watershed management. Make new friends and teach others the value of good stewardship.
“The Sedona area is known for its volunteers, ” said Charlie Ester, Co-Chair of the OCWC, “and they provide thousands of hours of service to the community every year. Winston Churchill once said we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. Volunteers freely give of themselves and in their honor we are celebrating 2011 as the Year of the Volunteer. The Oak Creek Watershed Council is committed to preserving the integrity of Oak Creek and recognizes that its stewardship must be part of the watershed community culture, and so we are very happy to be partnering with the U of A in offering the Master Watershed Steward Program.”
This intensive sixteen week, adult-oriented course will educate and train participants in all aspects of Oak Creek watershed issues. Participants will learn the basics of hydrology, climate, geology, ecology, water quality, and water management among other topics. No previous experience is required.
Classes will be taught by University of Arizona faculty as well as other professionals from our area and around the state. Those who complete the class will be offered unique volunteer opportunities with the Oak Creek Watershed Council to monitor and protect the health of Oak Creek.
Classes begin Thursday, March 3 2011, and will be held every Thursday afternoon from 1 PM to 5 PM through June 16th at the KSB Pushmataha Center, 360 Brewer Road, in Sedona. Four classes will be Saturday field trips.
The cost is $95.00 which includes the Master Watershed Steward guide and all handouts, as well as field trip transportation/expenses. A maximum of 24 people will be accepted for this class. Course outline is on our website at http://www.oakcreekwatershed.org/MWS-Course-Outline.pdf .
Applications are due by January 1st 2011. For more information or to request an application, please contact Barry Allan, Executive Director Oak Creek Watershed Council, P.O. Box 732, Sedona AZ 86339 at (928) 554-5460 or email Barry@oakcreekwatershed.org .
Notice issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914 in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, James A. Christenson, Director, Cooperative Extension, College of Agriculture.
The University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation in its programs and activities. Persons with disability may request accommodations by alerting the Yavapai County Extension Office. Funding provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Water Act and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality’s Water Quality Division.