Headwaters Science Institute…

…was started by Megan Seifert with the help of Spencer Eusden, and Mary Ellen Benier and a mere $600. With backgrounds in science, the three loved the discipline but felt there might be a better way to incorporate it in education. While studying for her PhD in Zoology/Physiology, Meg had realized that while she loved research and the process of research, she had never before been challenged to ask her own questions in the way that was critical to really understanding scientific concepts, or the world around her. She also realized that while she couldn’t remember everything she learned in science class she easily understood and could talk about every concept she had learned through research. 

Since 2014 Headwaters has strived to help kids not only understand how to do research but to access the confidence to complete research independently and to ask questions about the natural world. With a mission of fostering curiosity through science, it is our hope that students will not only become intrigued by these scientific discoveries but will begin to question the greater world around them. We aim to create informed citizens who blossom when faced with opportunities to positively impact society through engagement, curiosity, and applications of the scientific method.

Theory of Change

Our aim is to see students grow into informed citizens, positive community contributors, and to become eligible candidates for a wide variety of career options. We teach confidence through science programs, and perpetuate the learning cycle by employing graduate students as mentors and providing professional development for teachers.

In The News

The Union: Headwaters Girls Summer Science Camp Set for July

May 2019: Our press release on the upcoming Girls Summer Science Camp, lead by our Executive Director, Meg Seifert, PhD. At the time, we had seven full $700 scholarships available to girls in the Tahoe area.

Fundraising for Big Day of Giving 2019

May 2019: As part of our fundraising campaign for Sacramento area schools for #BDOG2019, we put together this video interview with a teacher. We were able to raise over $5000 in just 24 hours through this year’s event.

North Tahoe Students Study Human Impacts In Martis Valley

December 2016: Students from the North Tahoe Middle School conducted research projects to study how humans have impacted the geology and biology of Martis Valley. News of this was printed in the Sierra Sun.

Headwaters Presents at TEDxTahoe City

September 2016: Headwaters Executive Director Meg Seifert to give a talk on our relationship with science and education at TEDxTahoe City September 17th.

North Tahoe Students Study Erosion In Their Backyard

June 2016: These 6th grade students at the North Tahoe Middle School designed research projects to learn how erosion works and impacts their school in the Lake Tahoe Basin. News of this was covered in the Sierra Sun.

Truckee Marine Biology Students Study Local Rivers

June 2016: An article in the Sierra Sun on a Truckee High School class who designed projects to learn one two local streams contained different levels of aquatic insects.

Students Featured On NPR’s Science Friday

May 2016: A newspaper article on the Kindergarten and 1st grade class at Donner Trail Elementary who had their research questions on Lahontan Cutthroat Trout published in NPR’s Science Friday Podcast.

Science Friday: Students Sample Trout Eggs To Learn About Fish Development

The Science Friday Podcast mentioned above and the “Take A Sample”program the Donner Trail students took a part of.

Give Back Tahoe Feature: Headwaters Science Institute

April 2016: A feature of Headwaters, it’s origins and mission, as part of Give Back Tahoe’s series on local non-profits, published in the Sierra Sun.

Certifications And Awards