The Watershed Project involved students, teachers, administrators, staff and the community of Pescadero from 1991 to 1997. After all these years, the following interviews were conducted recently by Steve Maskel, who was director of the program and is now retired from science teaching.
Imagine a tiny public high school in a stunning coastal valley framed by beaches, estuaries, redwood forests, the Santa Cruz Mountains, and nearby agricultural fields. In this tiny school, seven teachers labored to provide a quality education to 100 students in grades 8-12.
Hidden in the shadows cast by willows, alders, and cottonwoods, a migrating female steelhead swam slowly upstream in the shallow waters of Pescadero Creek in the autumn of 1989.