The members, staff, and Board of the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve are passionate about maintaining high quality waterways and wilderness areas. We strive to inform, inspire, and engage our community through seasonal events for school groups and the general public as well as presentations at township meetings, advocating for policy changes that will protect our watershed.
In 2016, YDWP created the Yellow Dog Nature School, whose mission is to provide outdoor nature-based educational opportunities within and around the Yellow Dog Watershed. The Nature School holds workshops and programs in a variety of ares, designed to inspire participants, both young and old, to get involved with nature.
The YDWP Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program, carried out in the spring and fall of each year, brings together students and adults of all ages to evaluate water quality, learning about the larval stages of insects like dragonflies, who live in our water systems and are indicators of a river’s health. Participants also learn how to indentify other factors, like erosion or sedimentation, that may indicate problems within the watershed.
YDWP also offers opportunities for volunteers to plant native trees to help stabilize shorelines and to identify and remove invasive plant species that compete with native plants and alter natural wildlife habitat.
YDWP believes that experiential education is the best way to build an informed, multigenerational body of citizens who want to protect the land and the water that sustain them. Come out and join us!