Watershed Stewards Program - in partnership with AmeriCorps

Male and female Corpsmembers use hammers to secure stakes in netting along a creek bank.

WSP Corpsmembers Natalie McDonough and Ryan Blaich protecting Santa Rosa Creek from erosion.

The Watershed Stewards Program (WSP) is dedicated to improving watershed health by actively engaging in restoration science, civic service, and community education while empowering the next generation of environmental stewards.

WSP does this by placing its Corpsmembers with scientists (Mentors) at environmental organizations (Placement Sites) around the state to assist with watershed data collection and analysis, as well as restoration project development and maintenance. Ultimately, Corpsmembers serve with WSP to help bring threatened and endangered salmonids back to healthy populations by improving watershed health.

WSP Corpsmembers also provide watershed education to students at lower-income public schools using the program’s watershed science curriculum. They also recruit community volunteers to tackle watershed projects that local organizations might not otherwise have the resources to complete.

Funding Sources

  • California Conservation Corps
  • CDFW Fisheries Restoration Grant Program
  • AmeriCorps and California Volunteers Grants
  • Placement Site Partner Match

Key Program Accomplishments

  • Engaged 1,354 WSP Corpsmembers in watershed science for over 28 years
  • Partnered with 81 different environmental organizations (state, federal, county, non-profit, and tribal)
  • Inventoried more than 44,141 miles through stream, riparian, and upslope surveys
  • Developed more than 1,904 Watershed Awareness Volunteer Events (WAVEs)
  • Engaged more than 28,648 community volunteers with hands-on restoration projects (WAVEs)
  • Instructed more than 53,106 students in watershed science and conservation
  • Conducted outreach to more than 321,733 students and community members

WSP In Your Community

  • WSP Corpsmembers teach the Wonders of Watersheds (WOW!) education series across California. WOW! is a series of five 80-minute interactive lessons pertaining to water usage, the life of a salmon, human impacts and interactions with watersheds, water conservation, solutions to pollution, and the importance of biodiversity.
  • WSP Corpsmembers lead field trips, teach five WOW! lessons to a single classroom, lead educational games, and organize service-learning opportunities for schools, after-school clubs, or community groups.
  • WSP Corpsmembers help with volunteer days and other outreach events. Corpsmembers can lead activities, present fish dissections, and engage audiences of all ages.
  • WSP Corpsmembers help you get involved with your watershed. WSP Corpsmembers organize hands-on volunteer events in their service communities. Follow WSP on Facebook to learn about upcoming events.


Contact WSP via email at wsp.info@ccc.ca.gov to learn more and find out if Corpsmembers are available in your community.

Are you a young professional looking to gain more experience in the watershed and fisheries field? Visit the “How to Apply” tab on this screen.

WSP partners with restoration and conservation organizations every year. Are you interested in having WSP Corpsmembers at your organization? Learn more about partnering with WSP.

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WSP Offices

Fortuna WSP (Region I)
1455 C Sandy Prairie Court, Suite C
Fortuna, CA 95540


San Luis Obispo WSP (Region II)
1527 Madera Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Learn About the History of WSP