Apply Now – High School Fellowship Program for Sierra Meadows

Know a high school student who loves science and the outdoors? Apply now to become an Earthwatch Summer Research Fellow and spend a week this summer in the headwaters of the Yuba watershed studying meadows with SYRCL!

2014 Earthwatch Fellow

As a research fellow, you will explore Yuba headwater meadows with SYRCL science staff, learn about meadow ecology, and help to collect data on meadow health and indicators of restoration success.

Meadows are an important part of a watershed because they collect runoff during the winter wet season and reduce seasonal flooding downstream. As it collects and stores water, the vegetation in meadows act as a natural filter, removing excess nutrients from the water. Meadows are typically flat areas dominated by grass and flowers, with few woody plants, such as shrubs and trees. Meadows are open, sunny, and often wet, characteristics that attract flora and fauna that could not survive in other areas of the watershed.

Fellowship Details:

  • Weeklong, overnight fellowship program to learn about meadow ecosystems, scientific monitoring, and ecosystem restoration.
  • Earthwatch will cover the cost of all expenses associated with the expedition (scholarships), including lodging and meals.
  • A good portion of the time will be outdoors and light physical work and hiking are expected.
  • Dates: Sunday, July 26th – Saturday, August 1st, 2015
  • Location: Van Norden Meadow and Loney Meadows
  • Qualifications: Preferred status will be given to students who will be Juniors and Seniors for the 2015-2016 school year.
  • Send Applications to Chris Friedel: | 313 Railroad Ave., Nevada City, CA 95959
  • Application deadline is March 30, 2015
2014 Earthwatch Fellows in Van Norden Meadow

The Summer Research Fellow position is an amazing opportunity for you to build your skills and gain experience in field science. This will be an educational and fun experience and a great addition to any college application or resume!

Download the application here.



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