The Watershed Institute is proud to have a strong, close group of community partnerships. After learning the fundamentals in class, these partnerships allow our students to work on contemporary issues related to the environment and human health affecting people every day. Our community connections regularly lead to internships, job offers, and graduate school application building. Experience gained make our graduates highly sought after across many environmental and health occupations after graduation.
In the Watershed Institute, faculty and students actively work together with our partners in the community: non-profits, businesses, foundations, and community groups.
So whether you’re a current or future student at UW-Eau Claire, a current partner, or someone looking to connect with us, we hope you’ll contact us.
Here are some examples of the many and varied recent and ongoing partnerships that have yielded valuable results both to the community and to our students in learning experiences: these have happened because of direct faculty involvement in the community, through student internships, in class projects with students working to serve a client, to satisfy service learning requirements, and as part of faculty/student collaborative research. Check out the important work that these organizations do in our community.
- Barron County Department of Health and Human Services
- Beaver Creek Reserve
- City of Eau Claire, Advisory Commission on Sustainability
- City of Eau Claire, Bike &Pedestrian Advisory Commission
- Clear Vision Eau Claire
- Eau Claire City Council
- Eau Claire City-County Health Department
- Eau Claire Transit
- Jackson County Health Department
- Kohler Company –Kohler Power Systems, Inc.
- Land O'Lakes, Inc.
- Midwest Environmental Advocates
- Minnesota Department of Health
- Oneida Count Health Department
- Public Lab
- Ramsey County Health Department
- Save the Hills Alliance
- Sauk County Health Department
- Township of Cooks Valley
- Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
- Walworth County Health Department
- Waupaca County Health Department
Learning to make an impact
Your opportunities to make an impact on our local and global community as an undergraduate within the Watershed Institute are endless. We have a number of new and ongoing research and experiential learning projects related to current environmental issues that you can get involved in. These projects are located right in the Chippewa Valley, but can have an impact around the globe. Students work closely with faculty and sometimes community organizations to address current environmental issues and concerns.
As a community member, how can we get involved?
If you or your organization are interested in partnering with the Watershed Institute on local research, please don’t hesitate to contact us! We are always looking for greater community involvement and are open to discussing any areas of interest that we may be able to collaborate on with you or your organization. Please contact us through the form below, or feel free to email us at any time to discuss.