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Casa @ the Crater

Published April 26th, 2017

This past Sunday we got to take youth from Casa de Belen to a snowshoe hike at Crater Lake National Park!  We had a beautiful day full of snow and amazing adventure!

 

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Crater Lake Winter Wonderland

Published April 12th, 2017

The Spring Crater Lake trips are in full swing! Last week we took Elkton, Riddle and Myrtle Creek Elementary 5th graders!  Most of these students are getting to experience their first time at a national park (including some of the parent chaperones)!  Snowshoeing in over 12 feet of snow has these students excited to learn [...]

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Science Olympiad Competition!

Published April 12th, 2017

Last Saturday we drove up to Corvallis, OR to compete in the state science olympiad competition at OSU!  Douglas High School students had spent months studying, experimenting and building for their competition events!  Today was the day to leave it all out there and we had a great time competing and seeing other students constructions [...]

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Science Olympiad!

Published March 9th, 2017

It is crunch time! We are 1 month away from our state Science Olympiad competition in Corvallis @ OSU!  The students at Douglas High School are doing great with all their building and study events! 

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Tension on the surface?!

Published March 9th, 2017

We had a wonderful lesson last week with Casa! We experimented with water’s surface tension, learned about CO2 and photosynthesis and at the end we created grow bracelets that represent all the elements needed for plants to grow! Can’t wait to see what next week has in store!

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Geocaching Sunshine

Published March 2nd, 2017

Yesterday as we were wrapping up Science Wednesday we got lucky with some amazing sunshine for our last day of geocaching! The Fir Grove students got to learn how to use Global Positioning Systems (GPS’s) while searching for caches containing trinkets and review questions!  We got lots of great photos of their finds and treats!

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What is Wilderness to you?

Published March 1st, 2017

Today we started our Wilderness Literature class out at Phoenix Charter School. We played some wilderness games, got to go outdoors and read an article about how nature is good for our health!  There is lots more to come and we are excited to read and learn more about our natural environment (especially while going [...]

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Practicing Flotation

Published February 27th, 2017

This week at Casa de Belen we worked on floating paper clips, Goldfish and toothpicks on top of water’s surface tension (Hint: some are harder to float then others!)  We got to snack on the left over Goldfish while we experimented and learned all about the water cycle!

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Casa Science

Published February 21st, 2017

Last week we got a chance to learn about the Earth’s atmospheric layers through a sweet activity with lots of colors and liquids!  Check it out!  Thanks Casa de Belen for partnering with us for Science Mentoring Lessons!  We are excited to see what else we can find out about the world around us.

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Science Wednesday Water Cycle!

Published February 21st, 2017

Our Fir Grove 5th graders loved their Science Wednesday class last Wednesday!  This included a review of the water cycle with a shaving cream food color activity!   We learned about precipitation, condensation and evaporation!

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