Environmental stewardship is central to WWTA, embracing complementary programs focused towards engaging volunteers in active stewardship.

In the Site Steward program, volunteers monitor public access sites from the perspective of those who use the sites, reporting on the effects of user impacts and areas in need of restoration work. Site Stewards assess the need for work parties, while partnering with WWTA and land managers. In addition to serving as eyes and ears on the trail, Site Stewards are also in an exceptional outreach position as they encounter other paddlers, boaters, and members of the public venturing to the water’s edge.

In WWTA’s Sound Education and Action (SEA) Kayaker program, the team educators perform an integral role in instructing the public on Leave No Trace (LNT) principles, public water access issues, and in recruiting new volunteers to expand WWTA’s work.