Building Understanding and Appreciation for Healthy Lands, Waters, and Wildlife

The Yamhill Watershed Stewardship Fund envisions all people living as environmental stewards. The YWSF raises and disperses monies locally throughout the entire Yamhill region to individuals, groups, and organizations whose efforts fulfill our mission: to promote knowledge and appreciation of healthy lands, waters, and wildlife.


2019 Celebrate Our Watersheds

Online Registration Open

November 2, 2019 

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

McMinnville Grand Ballroom

325 Northeast 3rd Street   |    McMinnville, OR 97128

$20 suggested donation

**NEW** Pre-Registration: Purchase your tickets online to get early admission (5:30 PM) & a free drink ticket!

Click Here to Pre-Register Today!

Enjoy a night out while supporting local programs that promote education and appreciation for our watershed! Partake in delicious heavy hor d’oeuvres catered by Harvest Fresh, local wine and beer, and a wonderful silent auction.

Featuring David Harrelson
Topic: “Indigenous Peoples and Practices of the Greater Yamhill Watershed”

Join David Harrelson, Cultural Resource Manager for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, for a talk about the Yamhill and Tualatin Kalapuya people.The Kalapuya are the indigenous people of the WIllamette Valley. Their traditions tell them they have been here since time immemorial or a time that no one can remember. Oral traditions recorded in the early 1900’s confirm this is at least as far back as the Missoula FLoods, which inundated the WIllamette Valley under 400 feet of water between 13,000 to 18,000 years ago. Lifeways and practices of these people shaped the very landscape of the Willamette Valley prior to Euro-American Settlement.

Paddle Raise for Newberg High School student-led Chehalem Valley Watershed Project

Chehalem Valley Watershed Project is a group of students from Newberg High School who are advocating for the environment through hands-on research, restoration work, and conservation education. We are excited to help raise money for their group!

Interested in being a Sponsor or Donor?

Call Lori Anderson, Event Planner, at 503-539-2859 or email ywsfevents@gmail.com.

See Photos from the 2018 Celebrate Our Watersheds Event!


Over 1,300 Local Students Served Through YWSF Funded Programs in 2017-2018

Microscopes, mud, and nature walks: YWSF grants are being put to good use!  Through funding granted to Nature’s Ways and Outdoor Education Adventures, students in Carlton, Yamhill, Dayton, Dundee, Newberg, Amity, and McMinnville have been making exciting nature discoveries. Students have had the opportunity to learn about local plants and wildlife, listen to birds, examine owl pellets, study water levels, find bugs and snakes, and so much more!

Check out the accomplishments of these wonderful programs:

Nature’s Ways Outdoor Science Exploration Program

  • Provided outdoor field trip experiences for 118 elementary students
  • School site visits for 375 students

Outdoor Education Adventures 

  • Nature Science Station at Earth Day 2018 at Miller Woods – reaching over 150 families
  • Nature Science Station at Cruickshank’s Woodland Tour – reaching 587 5th graders
  • Scholarships to Outdoor Education Adventures summer camps
  • Classroom-based lessons to preschool students and second grade students

Check Out These Two Short Films About Oregon White Oaks Produced by the YWSF

Learn More About These Films…