The Council

The Student Conservation Council (SCC) engage their peers and our community in activities to protect and restore land, water and wildlife habitat in the Wood River Valley. All members of the SCC visit Land Trust preserves and conservation easement properties to learn about local conservation.

The Commitment

SCC holds monthly meetings, gives presentations on projects to peers, reports to the Land Trust’s Board of Directors annually and does all the behind-the-scenes work necessary to fund and promote and fund SCC projects. The group is mentored by the SCC Advisory Council, which includes teachers, administrators, botanists and staff.

The Benefit

In addition to being an advocate for our young community, each of those who serve on the SCC  to deepen their understanding of river ecology, we partner with a local outfitter for fly-fishing trips a few times per year.

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Students for Seedlings

helping nature recover from the Beaver Creek Fire


In an effort to learn about the importance of our natural resources, the Student Conservation Council develops and implements projects associated the Wood River Land Trust’s mission. The students collaborate with schools, businesses and public agency partners. The SCC promotes their projects to the community and fundraises for their initiatives.

Recent Projects

Students Film Fest

For their 2017 project, the students decided to organize a Student Film Festival showcasing the lands of Idaho. This idea came to fruition in early winter, and after months of planning, developed into a fun, family-friendly event at the Limelight in May. We had wonderful student film submissions, including activities like skiing, kayaking and dirt biking – all in our beautiful backyard. The goal was to engage students from across Idaho to explain why our home, specifically the land and the outdoors, are so important and special.

Winners of the Student Film Fest accept checks from SCC members and

Wild Idaho

In addition to the annual project, the Land Trust tries to expose the students to other environmental work in our area. For the past two years, students have applied for and received grant funding from The Papoose Club to attend Idaho Conservation League’s annual conference, Wild Idaho. It’s always a fun weekend spent exploring Redfish and Stanley, hearing updates from different departments within ICL, and interacting with conservation professionals and supporters from across Idaho and beyond.

SCC members enjoy some downtime at Wild Idaho.

Future Projects

With help from a grant from the Idaho Fish & Wildlife Foundation, the Land Trust is moving forward with a student-driven project at our new Colorado Gulch Preserve in 2018. We’re building a kiosk, similar to the one at the entrance to the Draper Wood River Preserve, to provide helpful information on this 150-acre property. From start to finish, this project will largely be run by students. The design work and construction will be led by the Wood River Architecture and Engineering Academy at Wood River High School and students from the SCC will help with curating information for the kiosk and spearheading a restoration project in the surrounding area. We’re excited to have students driving this project that will make Colorado Gulch an area used for both educational and recreational purposes.

SCC members at the Colorado Gulch bridge.