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AmeriCorps Update

Published June 18th, 2019

AmeriCorps Voice…..Christine Smith

The fact that this article is my last one is unbelievable. These past two years have been filled with growth, amazing connections and so much fun in the environmental education world. Maris and I are maximizing our last few weeks by teaching at as many camps and outdoor schools as we [...]

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Executive Director

Published June 18th, 2019

Kasey’s Corner … Executive Director

Over the last eight years Umpqua Watersheds has had a very successful AmeriCorps program. We have been very fortunate to have Mike Rooney, Roland Wang (2 years), Katrina Keleher (2 years), Bailey Stein, Christine Smith (2 years) and Maris Wilson.

Our AmeriCorps members have made a significant contribution to our [...]

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Eastwood GPS Scavenger Hunt

Published May 31st, 2019
  • Our final Science Wednesday was a celebration of Spring and the beautiful outdoors! Eastwood has the ideal campus for a GPS scavenger hunt–lots of space to roam and search for goodies. They tested their knowledge from previous lessons by answering review questions and were rewarded with yummy treats. It was the perfect finale to my [...]

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    What animal is THAT?

    Published April 25th, 2019

    Last month, we were lucky enough to receive a grant from the Gray Family Foundation to boost our education programs. We got tons of awesome supplies to make Science Wednesday an even more exciting program, making more hands-on activities and experience possible. Some of the items we got are animal skull replicas–they are a neat [...]

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    The Water Cycle

    Published April 23rd, 2019

    The Water Cycle provides many hands-on learning opportunities about our own watershed. Students interacted in a story about pollution and the Umpqua River and created their own rainclouds in a cup.

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    Weather & Climate

    Published April 23rd, 2019

    These students are no strangers to wild weather events–Roseburg had its own snowstorm just a couple months ago. The day we did these experiments it was foggy then sunny then raining. The students kept this in mind while completing activities on weather and climate. The big finale was a snowstorm in a jar. Pretty cool! [...]

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    Science Wednesday at Eastwood

    Published April 23rd, 2019

    The first week at Eastwood was a hit! Students loved learning about the properties of water and practicing the water chemistry experiments. The properties of cohesion and adhesion really amazed them.

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    Preschool Spring Science at the Library

    Published April 23rd, 2019

    This spring, preschoolers from Douglas County have been learning about science in our new free program at the library! The first week, we learned about spring weather by making a rain cloud in a cup and creating our own rainbows. The following week, we learned about plants in springtime and how they grow. We talked [...]

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    Final week at Hucrest: GPS!

    Published March 15th, 2019

    The sun came out and provided a glorious environment for our final Science Wednesday. Students gathered in teams to go geocaching around campus and answer review questions from the past lessons.

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    Compass navigation at Hucrest

    Published March 7th, 2019

    A bit of cold weather didn’t stop these students from testing their navigation skills outside. It was also hat day at school which provided fun attire for the outing. We took some bearings,  looked for a secret location and imagined what it would be like to rely solely on a compass. It was a lot [...]

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