Outreach and Community Engagement

Healthy watersheds are vital to our communities and natural ecosystems. Rivers, streams, and creeks cover our region, providing irrigation, municipal drinking water, and recreation. For generations, the Rogue River has been a stronghold for native fish on the west coast. Salmon and steelhead return every year to spawn in the Rogue River and its tributaries. Without viable habitat, this important fishery and all that depend upon it would be lost. Clean water and healthy, productive rivers and streams benefit us all.

Community engagement, education, and outreach are a core part of the mission of the Rogue River Watershed Council (RRWC). Through events, publications, hands-on teaching, and one on one conversation, the RRWC works to remind people about the importance of healthy watersheds, how we impact our waterways, and how to minimize our impact when possible.

Want to get involved? Check out our VOLUNTEER page for upcoming opportunities!

Kids & Creeks – September 23, 2017

Family fun? Education? Hands-on exploration? Kids & Creeks has it all! Stop by Bear Creek Park, Saturday, 23 September to learn about the many natural wonders associated with Bear Creek. Over 18 exhibits will be waiting for you…learn to tie and cast flies, look at the insides of a dissected salmon, build a stream and watch it change course in response to high water events, collect and identify the macroinvertebrates that call Bear Creek home…it will all be there just waiting for you!

Larson Creek Sign (2015)

With the completion of two fish passage barrier removal projects along Larson Creek in the summer of 2014, the watershed council staff began working on two signs to be placed at the project sites. The Oregon Federation of Fly Fishers funded the project to design and install the signs. With help from the Rural Conservationist at Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District in developing a GIS map, the sign was completed in May 2015 and installed the same month. The signs now sit next to the creek at both sites, allowing pedestrians to stop and read about these and other fish passage projects along Larson Creek.

Ellendale Drive

Larson Creek at Ellendale Drive

Black Oak Drive

Larson Creek at Black Oak Drive