The Watershed Warriors Initiative

The Watershed Warriors Initiative We are a student-led 501(c)(3) organization that teaches young students science through the environmental issues found in their own communities.

We bring native wetland plants into the classroom for a hands-on two-day classroom event. The students get the chance to identify wetland plants and plant their own wetland garden at their school. During spring, the student take care of their garden and watch their plants grow. In the summer, students get the opportunity to visit and help restore a local wetland using the plants they grew themselves. The Watershed Warriors Initiative began in 2014 in Mary Breslin's life science class and was continued by ACPS student Ana Humphrey in 2015. The project is now run by the Watershed Warriors Club, which was founded January 22, 2016 at T.C. Williams High School.

Mission: Our goal is to improve our local watershed and raise wetland awareness in our community. We work towards this goal by growing wetland plants with 5th graders at local elementary schools and using these plants to restore local wetlands.

Great job planting wetland plants today Lyles-Crouch 5th graders! We were so glad that you all could be Watershed Warrio...
06/12/2018

Great job planting wetland plants today Lyles-Crouch 5th graders! We were so glad that you all could be Watershed Warriors with us this year!

We loved having Earth Force out with us at our field trip today. Thank you for your continuing support!
06/12/2018

We loved having Earth Force out with us at our field trip today. Thank you for your continuing support!

We were out filming today with the The Watershed Warriors Initiative! These young people were growing native wetland plants and are finally transplanting them into their local wetland. Thanks to NOAA B-WET, Caring for our Watersheds and Alexandria City Public Schools for their support! #PBL

We loved talking to everyone at the 25th Alexandria Earth Day! Good job identifying our native wetland plants, and we ho...
04/29/2018

We loved talking to everyone at the 25th Alexandria Earth Day! Good job identifying our native wetland plants, and we hope you will keep being Watershed Warriors in our community! #EarthDayALX

Another awesome lesson at Lyles-Crouch! The 5th-graders did a wonderful job re-potting the native wetland plants, which ...
04/27/2018

Another awesome lesson at Lyles-Crouch! The 5th-graders did a wonderful job re-potting the native wetland plants, which will receive permanent homes at Jones Point Park in June!

The Watershed Warriors Initiative
04/27/2018

The Watershed Warriors Initiative

We've had a successful year! Just a few weeks ago, Lyles-Crouch 5th graders finished off our 2016-17 program by planting...
06/27/2017

We've had a successful year! Just a few weeks ago, Lyles-Crouch 5th graders finished off our 2016-17 program by planting 90 cattails at Jones Point Park. In addition, the students tested water quality, classified organisms around the park, and collected over 10 bags of trash. Thank you to the National Park Service, George Washington Memorial Parkway- GWMP, and Lyles-Crouch teachers for making the trip possible!

Happy earth day! We only have one earth and we need to protect it. Thank you for supporting the Warriors.
04/23/2017

Happy earth day! We only have one earth and we need to protect it. Thank you for supporting the Warriors.

On Wednesday we completed our second day of spring lessons at Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy and Cora Kelly School for...
04/07/2017

On Wednesday we completed our second day of spring lessons at Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy and Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology. Cora Kelly 5th grade students learned about sources of nitrates and phosphates and how eutrophication can cause dead zones. Lyles-Crouch students planted narrow-leaved cattails in a school garden. They will take care of the wetland plants over the spring and use them to restore a wetland this June. It was a pleasure working with students so excited to be learning about and taking care of environment!

The Watershed Warriors Initiative's cover photo
04/05/2017

The Watershed Warriors Initiative's cover photo

Great day of lessons at Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 School and Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy! We were really impressed b...
04/04/2017

Great day of lessons at Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 School and Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy! We were really impressed by the students' engagement and critical thinking. 5th grade students at Jefferson-Houston learned all about dead zones and eutrophication and brainstormed solutions for preventing dead zones. Lyles-Crouch's 5th graders identified wetland plants by their seeds and learned about the importance of wetlands. Tomorrow we will be at back at Lyles Crouch for some wetland planting and will bring the dead zone simulation to Cora Kelly. We can't wait to teach more Alexandria City Public Schools Watershed Warriors!

The 5th grade students at Jefferson-Houston, Lyles-Crouch, and Cora Kelly did a great job engineering methods to remove ...
02/25/2017

The 5th grade students at Jefferson-Houston, Lyles-Crouch, and Cora Kelly did a great job engineering methods to remove trash from the ocean! They used the engineering design process to build their "scoopers" and "pollution catchers" and to reflect on improvements they could make in future iterations. Good job 5th-grade engineers!

We're excited to announce our inaugural blog post! We've come a long way since that first hike through the mud. Check ou...
02/24/2017
Blog – Our Story

We're excited to announce our inaugural blog post! We've come a long way since that first hike through the mud. Check out our path from 7th grade life science project to student-led environmental organization:

https://vawatershedwarriors.org/2017/02/21/blog-our-story/

We had spent the last few hours trudging through foot deep mud, shovels and long wooden stakes thrown over our shoulders. Most of us were able to keep our footing as the mud swallowed our ankles an…

We are excited to accept an Action Alexandria Green Ideas Challenge 2016 grant! With the new funds, we will be able to s...
08/19/2016

We are excited to accept an Action Alexandria Green Ideas Challenge 2016 grant! With the new funds, we will be able to serve even more Alexandria students and continue to spread environmental awareness within the community. Thank you ACTion Alexandria for funding environmental projects like ours and enabling us to make a positive impact in our community, and congratulations to the other grant awardees!

Thank you to the National Park Service and Lyles Crouch for a wonderful day at Jones Point Park! We out so proud of our ...
06/18/2016

Thank you to the National Park Service and Lyles Crouch for a wonderful day at Jones Point Park! We out so proud of our budding conservationists! The students did a great job restoring the wetland with their wetland plants. The students also conducted water quality testing in the Potomac River and took initiative in a trash clean-up in the park. We look forward to coming back next year!

We had a great time today at Alexandria Earth Day! It was great to see so many wonderful young Watershed Warriors out th...
04/30/2016

We had a great time today at Alexandria Earth Day! It was great to see so many wonderful young Watershed Warriors out there excited to learn about and plant wetlands. We look forward to returning next year!

Happy Earth Day from the Watershed Warriors!
04/23/2016

Happy Earth Day from the Watershed Warriors!

We had a great time meeting Earth Force CEO Vince Meldrum, Co-Chair Jonathan Essoka, and founder Roy Gamse at the Earth ...
04/23/2016

We had a great time meeting Earth Force CEO Vince Meldrum, Co-Chair Jonathan Essoka, and founder Roy Gamse at the Earth Force fundraiser in Washington DC. Thank you to Zoe Beckerman and Peter Loge for hosting the event!

Flash back to the Caring for Our Watersheds competition last week! It made us very happy to see so many young leaders ta...
04/13/2016

Flash back to the Caring for Our Watersheds competition last week! It made us very happy to see so many young leaders taking a stand to help save our environment and watersheds.
We also had such a great time meeting and talking to teachers, students, and the Earth Force members in attendance! Until next year!

03/25/2016
Ripple Effect Challenge – Virginia to Australia (Watershed Warriors)

The Watershed Warriors take on the Ripple Effect Challenge. Thank you Agrium and Caring for our Watersheds for the fantastic video and giving us the opporunity to change our community! What can YOU do to improve your watershed?

Watershed Warriors are real! This Virginia student shows what true environmental stewardship looks like, as she talks about her school’s Watershed Warriors i...

The students at Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy rounded off the Watershed Warrior classroom lessons by planting the wet...
03/21/2016

The students at Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy rounded off the Watershed Warrior classroom lessons by planting the wetland plants they identified in their own school wetland garden. The students did a great job! Thank you 5th grade students, Ms. Murphy, and Mr. Cave for a wonderful week spent learning about wetlands and helping the local environment!

Thank you Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy 5th graders, teachers, and principal Dr. Zissios for a wonderful first day of...
03/17/2016

Thank you Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy 5th graders, teachers, and principal Dr. Zissios for a wonderful first day of lessons! These young scientists did a fantastic job identifying their wetland plants and learning about the importance of wetlands. We look forward to planting the plants tomorrow and watching them grow over the spring!

Thank you Earth Sangha Wild Plant Nursery  for donating 55 wetland plants and providing us with an additional 40 to plan...
03/13/2016

Thank you Earth Sangha Wild Plant Nursery for donating 55 wetland plants and providing us with an additional 40 to plant with our students. We can't wait to see them grow over the spring! @Earth Sangha

We are excited to continue the Watershed Warriors Initiative for its third year! This year the project is in the hands o...
03/13/2016

We are excited to continue the Watershed Warriors Initiative for its third year! This year the project is in the hands of the new Watershed Warriors Club at T.C. Williams High School . We will be growing wetland plants with elementary school students and planting these in a local wetland this summer. We look forward to working with our students!

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Alexandria, VA
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