"The health of our waters is the principle measure of how we live on the land."


Watershed Committee of the Ozarks believes in the "Land Ethic", a concept put forth by Aldo Leopold in A Sand County Almanac. In this collection of essays, he describes all of us as citizens of the land. Using Leopold's "Observe, Participate, and Reflect" model, our volunteers are encouraged to build strong relationships with the environment and our community. We hope that by offering a variety of volunteer opportunities and helping you to learn as much as you can along the way, that we can help you build those relationships.


"A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. A thing is wrong when it tends otherwise."

- Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

 

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Education Programs

At the Watershed Center, we strive to provide age appropriate, place-based education about our water resources. This is a key component of our mission, and a great chance for you to share your passion for science, conservation, and the environment! We hope that by creating field experiences for people of all ages that we can help them build a stronger connection with nature and the outdoors.

(Don't forget- WCO provides all of the necessary training and education materials. Just because you've never worked in a classroom, doesn't mean you aren't a great fit to help inspire others!)

 

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Resource Management

A key role of the WCO is to effectively manage the resources in our region's watershed. This involves a variety of projects ranging from park maintenance, to landscaping, to recycling. This opportunity is great for volunteers who love being outside, want to help care for our land and water resources, and are ready to get dirty!

Native Plant Programs and Production

Volunteers interested in Native Plant Programs and Production will help clear invasive species, reinstate natural habitats, and work to produce native plants for projects on and off site. These opportunities will come in many forms and work may be done in gardens, natural habitats, or both!

Check out the major success pictured below! It's the Missouri Bladderpod, or Physaria filiformis. This endangered species is native to our area and had previously disappeared at Valley Water Mill Park, but thanks to the habitat restoration efforts happening at Valley Water Mill Park we found 720 plants in the park this year!

(Photo credit to Mark Bower)

 

Watershed Conservation Corps

"Empowering People, Restoring Land"

The Watershed Conservation Corps has taken on projects all over Southwest Missouri. If your interested in habitat restoration, trail maintenance, or vegetation management for projects that will take you farther than the average volunteer opportunity- this is for you. There is a strong educational component to everything the WCC does, and they focus on training and preparing young people for careers in conservation.

 


Our Mission

Watershed Committee of the Ozarks is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 whose mission is to sustain and improve the water resources of Springfield and Greene County through education and effective management of the region’s watersheds.