Since the fall of 2009, Little Sewickley Creek Watershed Association has sponsored an after-school environmental science internship for Quaker Valley High School students. Interns work in collaboration with environmental educators from Fern Hollow Nature Center and Creek Connections of Allegheny College to monitor both biologically and chemically Little Sewickley Creek and its tributaries.
As part of learning to be stewards of the Little Sewickley Creek watershed, the student interns work with other local environmental groups to organize events and projects of benefit to the creek and watershed alike: tree planting, erosion control projects, invasive plant removal, reptile and amphibian surveys, creek clean-ups, fish species population counts, trout stocking among others.
Participants also learn by working with environmental professionals in the fields of biology, botany, geology herpetology (study of amphibians), ichthyology (fish zoology), aquatic ecology, and environmental science. The interns also serve as “watershed educators or mentors” in delivering the creek programs every spring to all 5th grade students in our district.
Each year, the interns develop and design a group research project- to include setting up experiments, collecting and analyzing data for presentation at the annual Creek Connections meeting of Allegheny College. This symposium draws students from all over southwestern Pennsylvania.
Students who complete the requirements of the year’s internship receive ½ elective academic credit through Quaker Valley School District. The group is known as the “QV Creekers.”
For additional information about QV Creekers or to speak with April Claus, program manager, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.