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Youth Advisory Board inspiring the next generation

FODC's Youth Advisory Board has been mentoring students at the Morgantown Learning Academy on all kinds of water quality issues. Working in the outdoors and along West Run, our YAB'ers are providing the MLA youth the tools needed to become the next generation of environmental stewards.

YAB also has been hard at work delivering recycling bins to schools in Morgantown and demonstrating the importance of not only recycling but also reducing consumption and waste Visit the YAB News page here for additional details.

To join our award-winning Youth Advisory Board or to get more information, contact Education Coordinator Jen- Osha Buysse at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FODC has many opportunities to volunteer this winter and spring!

Please see list below and contact Volunteer Coordinator Hannah Spencer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you want to get involved. Training/assistance is provided for all jobs. If you don’t see anything that interests you but you still want to help, let us know your special skills, talents, interests and we’ll find a way to put those to work!

Indoor Work

These jobs can be done at any time so can fit into anyone’s schedule.

  • Macroinvertebrate Sorter: Sort through samples of creek insects collected last year for our Clean Creek Program and separate the insects from other debris (leaves, dirt, etc) that inevitably make it into the samples. Prepare insects to be identified by macroinvertebrate experts.
  • Data Entry: Enter water quality data collected by our Citizen Scientist monitors into online database. (2-3 hours required)
  • Graphic Designer: FODC is updating our general organization and Youth Advisory Board brochures and could use the artistic skills of a graphic designer to assist.
  • Spring Meltdown pre-planning: Assist with soliciting businesses for live/silent auction donations, event promotion.

Outdoor Work

These often have specific dates and times.

  • Outdoor Learning Park: We always have need for volunteers to assist with invasive species removal, maintaining walking trails and general upkeep.
  • Make it Shine West Virginia: Between April 1 – 14, FODC will participate in this statewide litter cleanup event. Litter cleanup at various locations in the watershed.
  • Clean Creek Program Quarterly Water Quality Monitoring: See dates and times on calendar. Hannah will provide more specific details once you’ve signed up or if you have any questions.

Friends of Deckers Creek Receives Funding for Outdoor Learning Park

Friends of Deckers Creek (FODC) is pleased to announce the receipt of $5000 in funding from the Chesapeake Bay Trust. This funding will be used to enhance the Sabraton Outdoor Learning Park (OLP), an inclusive greenspace that engages users in meaningful educational opportunities and unique passive recreational experiences. Specifically, FODC will create three wayside exhibits as well as written educator guides and kits to support educators interested in providing a hands–on, educational experience for their students.

The new wayside exhibits and educational guide will provide adults and children alike a better understanding of the creek and creekside ecosystems,” says Liz Wiles, FODC Executive Director. “They also will offer simple and easy ideas of what we all can do to restore and protect the health of the creek. A healthy creek equals a healthy community.”

The goals of the OLP are to protect and restore the land, educate the public on environmental initiatives, be a focal point for acid mine drainage (AMD) and habitat restoration, and explore the use of art in the outdoor environment. In the past, FODC’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB) used the OLP for an AMD & Art Workshop, a Water & Wildlife Workshop, creek insects workshops, and a community stewardship garden. With this award, FODC can expand educational initiatives and outreach for the OLP.

Watershed Association of the Year for 2011

Friends of Deckers Creek was recognized with the West Virginia Watershed Network's highest honor of Watershed Association of the Year, on November 5, 2011, at the 13th Annual Watershed Celebration Day!

Also a special congratulations to the Coal River Group, who has been doing phenomenal work, and tied with FODC for the Watershed Association of the Year title! Keep up the Great work! www.coalrivergroup.com

This exciting honor goes right to all of our Friends, Volunteers, and Supporters! FODC could not make the impact and improvement within the Watershed without the positive attitudes of commitment, dedication, and volunteered hours of service from you all! Thank you!

Jennifer Pauer, WV Watershed Network Member kindly stated in a recent press release draft,

FODC volunteers have really worked at getting the community to take part in protecting and restoring their stream.They understand the importance of local sponsorships, getting the youth involved and inspiring volunteers. They have a knack for making sure people are doing what they are happy doing and having fun in the name of Deckers Creek. It is very impressive.

We would also like to thank the WV Watershed Network for their encouragement and constant effort which goes into the production of such an informational and enjoyable annual event!