The X-Stream Science Team

Key Information

This is a high school program - 8th graders may be accepted with teacher recommendation. Regular meetings are held on Tuesday from 4-5:30pm (November-May). The minimum commitment is one year. The 2018 program starts November 13th.

For more information or to sign up, please contact the Garden's Education Programs Coordinator, Michelle Cyr or call (805) 682-4726 ext 161.

Click here for information on the X-Stream Science Team Orientation and informational meeting on November 6th

The X-Stream Science Team

The X-Stream Science Team is a teen volunteer program focused on studying and interpreting the Mission Creek Watershed. Designed to promote environmental stewardship, students have the opportunity to dive into three fields of environmental conservation: Education, Research, and Restoration. During their time in the program, students learn various field research methods, build communication skills through public interactions, and experience nature first-hand through outdoor explorations and projects.

During the first portion of the program, team members receive training on basic watershed ecology and develop models and activities for the public. In the winter, environmental education and interpretation skills are taught and reinforced as students staff watershed education tables during public Garden hours and at offsite events. Activities are supplemented with observations and experiences in Mission Creek. Watershed restoration projects occur throughout the year, as they are available.

Skills Emphasized:

  • Foundation in watershed ecology
  • Environmental interpretation and public communication
  • Field research methods
  • Native species identification
  • Background knowledge in biology and natural history
  • Ability to work in a team or individually
  • Critical thinking