Caring for Our Watershed is an environmental educational competition, sponsored in part by international agriculture company Nutrien, that encourages creativity and rewards students for the solutions they identify.
The program highlights the students who submit the most creative, thought-provoking, and innovative ideas and provides funding that supports putting their ideas into action. Earth Force students in Chesapeake Bay present their ideas at an annual Youth Summit to compete for implementation funding and community mentorship to turn their ideas into realistic solutions.
The RISE Challenge is part classroom learning, part competition, and part summit, focused on natural hazards and student-led learning. Guided by the Earth Force Community Action and Problem-Solving Process, the RISE Challenge engages students in the exploration of their communities to determine where they are vulnerable to natural disasters and tasks them with developing their own ideas for making their community more resilient. The RISE Challenge represents an innovative approach to preparing citizens to play a role in community resilience. Through this initiative, we are developing engaged citizens by building their resilience toolbox when they are still young.
The RISE Challenge is a partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to expand the High Water Mark Initiative to increase public awareness of flood risk and encourage students to develop action projects that decrease flood risk. Learn more here!