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 Youth Nature Art Contest

Theme: “Nature of the Northwest”

DEADLINE: MAY 18, 2019

Open to ages 5-12

AWESOME PRIZES!!!! First place artist will win a week of Outdoor Education Adventures Summer Camp & their artwork will be featured on the Yamhill Watershed Stewardship Fund’s annual “Celebrate Our Watersheds” invitaton & poster! Fantastic nature-exploration themed prizes for second and third place.

Submissions Drop Off Locations:
Hopscotch Toys in McMinnville & Social Goods in Newberg

Mail Submissions to:
McMinnville, OR 97128

Download 2019 Nature Art Contest Entry Form

See additional details: 2019 YWSF Youth Art Contest Poster

Thank you to the Sponsors, Donors, Guests, and Volunteers Who Made the 2018 Celebrate Our Watersheds Event a Success!!

See you next year!

See Photos from the 2017 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…