Creating your own watershed

Welcome back to another blog focusing on Lunch Bites from our Children’s Forest of Central Oregon partners! This week’s Lunch Bite highlight is from the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council focusing on… you guessed it… watersheds! UDWC works on restoring and protecting the upper Deschutes River watershed to keep it clean and provide healthy habitats for all kinds of plants and animals. They provide important work to keep Central Oregon beautiful, and we are so happy to have them as one of our partners providing informative games and lessons for our Lunch Bites. To find out more about the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council, click here.

Focusing on what a watershed is and its function, this week’s Lunch Bite Highlight provides a video talking about how to build a watershed in your own home. Becoming involved with creating healthy watersheds is a crucial part of UDWC’s mission. With a detailed diagram of a watershed for young learners to color, this Lunch Bite flyer’s video features a member of UDWC explaining how to build your own watershed. Using only paper, markers, and water, we learn more about how watersheds work. 

Here at The Environmental Center, we have had the opportunity to collaborate with UDWC to help teach our Forest Explorers about the importance of watersheds. At Tumalo Creek, each student is able to observe water samples from deep inside the creek. Working with members from UDWC, we are able to explore what makes a healthy watershed, and what we can do to better improve our beautiful Deschutes watershed!

For more Lunch Bites with activities and videos in both English and Spanish, click here.