Watershed Classroom Mission

To support the implementation of exceptionally engaging curriculum about the Petaluma River and Watershed with the goals of inspiring youth, improving local education, and celebrating our local environment.

Benefits of Participating

What We Do

Friends of the Petaluma River (FOPR) introduced the Watershed Classroom in 2013 to educate local youth about the Petaluma Watershed, build capacity to increase experiential learning opportunities in Petaluma, and inspire youth to protect and conserve their local watershed.  

Friends of the Petaluma River believes that educators are our community’s most important resource. By teaching Petaluma’s youth, our teachers are guiding future generations of Petalumans whose decisions will determine the health and vitality of our watershed. That is why the Watershed Classroom focuses on providing our educators with the tools they need to implement their exceptional outdoor curriculum. 

Educators in the program receive

  • $500 stipend
    • 1/2 to be given at the beginning or the semester and 1/2 with the completion project at the end of the semester.
  • borrowing privileges for classroom supplies
  • classroom funding
  • free field trips
  • access to state of the art educational tools
  • recognition for curriculum design
  • annual stipended professional development training
  • and so much more! 

Local lead teachers are invited to apply through our online form. Lead teachers are encouraged to participate as part of a team. 











We hope you will join us in helping the youth of Petaluma connect with and learn about their local watershed!