Faces and Places July 9

River School teacher Louann Talbert has created a watershed ecology program for her students. Her students have raised salmon in the classroom, learn from classroom presentations and go on a number of watershed field trips with at least one class visiting the rotary screw fish trap on the Napa River with the Napa RCD and Friends of the Napa River as well as planting oak trees at Alston Park. The program culminates with students working in groups to come up with a project to benefit the river. Four groups chose to have bake sales, a lemonade stand or collect donations as part of their project. Twenty students raised nearly $400 for Friends of the Napa River. Other groups conducted river cleanups, made videos, created websites and made and distributed fliers to educate the public about the Napa River.