Join Water Resources Staff Outside

Want to enjoy a day learning about tribal waters and how to protect them?  We can sometimes use the help, so if this sounds interesting contact one of the staff (click here for the contact page - see the Water Resources section).

Wabanaki Youth in Science (WaYS) Program


Research has shown that one key component to persistence in sciences for Native American students is the melding of the science AND culture into the curriculum.  In particular the rich cultural heritage of the Wabanaki Tribes and their environment, lends itself well to melding these two vital criteria.  It is also important to connect the next generation to continue their cultural heritage and legacy of environmental management and stewardship. This initiative looks at developing a long-term program to engage Wabanaki students (6-12 grades) through their cultural heritage and environmental legacy to encourage and promote persistence in sciences through college and into a career. It is the essence of knowledge to action and what will be paramount in developing a sustainable environmental program for the tribes.

This longitudinal connection is a three-pronged approach.  The multi-prong approach includes:

  • Week-long summer camp.
  • Internships pairing cultural resource professionals and natural resource professionals within each tribal location during the school year and the summer. (click here to view/download a pdf of the application - 91kb)
  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK)/American Indian Science and Engineering Socieity (AISES) programs at each teen center/Boys & Girls Club for the respective tribes.


American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)


The mission of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is to substantially increase the representation of American Indians and Alaskan Natives in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies and careers.


Native American Fish and Wildlife Society (NAFWS)


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Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP)

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) was created in 1992 to act as a catalyst among tribal governments, research and technical resources at Northern Arizona University (NAU), in support of environmental protection of Native American natural resources.