Chehalem Valley Watershed Project (CVWP) is a group of students from Newberg High School (NHS) who are learning about the environment through hands-on research, restoration work, and outreach events. With assistance from outdoor professionals and community donors, we identify, design, and implement environmental conservation projects in the Newberg-Dundee area. Thanks to a unique partnership with Newberg Public Schools and the Newberg Education Foundation, we can receive tax-deductible grants and in-kind donations that benefit our project and operating expenses.

Newberg High School 2019 Graduate, Quentin Comus, created this restoration coalition for his 2018-2019 Senior Project and coordinated CVWP’s first four projects for his William T. Hornaday Award; Scouting’s most prestigious environmental award. He received assistance from fellow Seniors, Riley Wood and Kennedy Rainey, who served as CVWP’s first Student Ambassadors, and NHS teacher, Peter Siderius, who is still serving as CVWP’s Executive Director. Specifically, they led the NHS Forest Restoration, Stream Survey and Water Quality Monitoring, Wildlife Habitat Enhancements, and Fire Safety and Outdoors Field Day projects. Looking to the future, CVWP will continue to incorporate students in original and community-supported conservation projects and education initiatives.


Our Mission

Chehalem Valley Watershed Project's mission is to provide students with the knowledge and resources to carry out real-world ecological research, watershed restoration, and public education of our natural resources.

Our Vision

We envision a future with healthy air, clean water, thriving plants, abundant wildlife, and happy humans. The effects of climate change and urbanization are real, and it is more important now than ever to address these real-world problems and their effects on humans and the environment. We hope to enable the next generation of citizens to make ethical decisions about their natural resources in order to protect natural processes, provide healthy recreation, and promote economic prosperity.

Our Core Values


We believe scientific research is the key to understanding our environment. Data collected in the field and analyzed in the classroom provides students with opportunities to draw conclusions about real conservation issues.


We believe restoration of unhealthy green spaces is essential to ensuring communities have shared natural resources forever. Ecological restoration projects enable students to advocate for and improve their environment.


We believe constant exposure to the outdoors and environmental education is important in producing active citizens of our Earth. Students and adults alike have the obligation to balance social, economic, and environmental benefits of natural resource management.

We are currently developing a fiscal budget and plan on posting it to this webpage as soon as it becomes available. We are committed to transparency and appreciate your patience and understanding.


Peter Siderius

Executive Director, Newberg High School Educator

Peter Siderius is a Biology, Ecology, Agriculture & Natural Resources, and Horticulture teacher at Newberg High School. Born in Montana, he has a rich background in the great outdoors and a love for educating others. Peter is actively involved with many local civic organizations and has been intimately involved in numerous projects in Newberg, including beautification along main thoroughfares, educational outreach projects and various landscaping projects with the City of Newberg, Chehalem Park and Recreation District and Newberg Public Schools. You can reach Peter Siderius by emailing peter@cvwp.org or calling (503) 554-5223

Quentin Comus

Program Mentor, OSU-Cascades Sophomore

Quentin Comus is a Sophomore at Oregon State University-Cascades in Bend, Oregon studying Natural Resources Education. He is also an Eagle Scout and a William T. Hornaday Silver Medal candidate. Quentin continues to provide guidance to Chehalem Valley Watershed Project as a mentor to younger students and is employed by OSU as an event coordinator. He is also very active in his personal non-profit, Volcano Scouting, and various college clubs. You can reach Quentin Comus by emailing quentin@cvwp.org or calling (971) 264-4309

Hayden Nagel

Student Ambassador, Newberg High School Sophomore

Nathan Thrasher

Student Ambassador, Newberg High School Sophomore

Macy Schowalter

Student Ambassador, Newberg High School Senior