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.

SCC Projects

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.

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Recent Projects

Colorado Gulch Preserve Kiosk

For their 2018 project, the SCC created an informational Kiosk for the Land Trust’s newest preserve at Colorado Gulch.  Similar to the kiosk found at the Draper Wood River Preserve, the kiosk will provide helpful information on this 150-acre property. The SCC was able to accomplish their goals thanks to grants from the Idaho Fish & Wildlife Foundation and the Papoose Club. The design work and construction was led by the Wood River Architecture and Engineering & Construction academies at Wood River High School, while students from the SCC helped with curating information for the kiosk and spearheading a restoration project in the surrounding area. We’re excited to have students lead a project that will make Colorado Gulch an area enjoyable for both educational and recreational purposes for generations to come.

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.

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.

Our Members

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.

Current Members

Members are made up of 9-12th grade students from area high schools including The Sage School, Community School and Wood River High School.

“The WRLT SCC has been one of the most integral programs I have been involved in in high school, as it has fostered my interest in the field of environmental sciences (in particular environmental engineering), which I intend to pursue in college. The Students for Seedlings project in particular helped me to get involved in the community and see how big of a impact I can have on the environment, and on the young children of the community.” – Callie Weber

Emerati

Although these SCC members have gone off to college, they are never forgotten. WRLT fondly remembers their dedication and service to land conservation and river protection—and to our community. They now have the distinction of being an SCC Emeritus member.

It is our hope that they go on to become the next keepers of our lands and waters, advocating for its protection and watching over our precious natural resources. We won’t be surprised if some of them become the next leaders of the environmental movement.

Lane Coulthard Pictured Above

Lane was a founding member and inspiration for the SCC’s first project, Students for Seedlings.  Sadly, Lane passed away in 2013.

Advisory Committee

We are fortunate to have a group of giving individuals who mentor the Student Conservation Council. By sharing their life experiences and knowledge about conservation, the SCC Advisory Committee mentors students and staff, ultimately sharing in SCC’s successes and accomplishments.

  • Larry Barnes, Wood River High School teacher
  • Ann Christensen, Outdoor educator and former teacher
  • Robin Garwood, Wildlife biologist for the U.S. Forest Service
  • Eleanor Jewett, Wood River High School teacher
  • Elliot Jacobs, Community School teacher
  • Nancy Linscott, The Sage School teacher
  • Patti Lousen, Wood River Land Trust Project Coordinator
  • Chad Stoesz, Wood River Land Trust Stewardship Coordinator