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Fishing with Fremont

Published December 13th, 2018

After learning rules, regulations, fish anatomy, fish identification, and knot tying with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Fremont Middle School students were ready to try their hand at fishing! We traveled to Cooper Creek where students worked together to practice baiting hooks and casting lines. We didn’t get any bites, but everyone had [...]

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Food Webs and Tree Rings with Fullerton!

Published December 3rd, 2018

Fifth grade students at Fullerton Elementary have had the chance to do some hands on science in their classroom in addition to their Science Wednesday program.

At the beginning of November, students in Mrs. Cunningham’s and Mr. Lofton’s classes learned more about food webs. We talked about how everything in the environment is interconnected, including [...]

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Science Wednesday with Fullerton Elementary

Published November 30th, 2018

This marks week four of working with Fullerton 5th graders at Science Wednesday! Our group of 20 students have been getting hands on and learning about the environment. We have learned about the water cycle and water chemistry, discovered the difference between weather and climate, and discussed the importance of the carbon cycle. We only [...]

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Getting Messy with the BGCUV Garden Club!

Published November 26th, 2018

We have been partnering with the garden club at the Boys and Girls Club to teach lessons that connect the environment to their usual gardening activities. A few weeks ago, students learned about the different components of soil and got to see a soil layer profile. Then they used a mortar and pestle to grind [...]

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Twin Lakes Youth Wilderness Campout

Published July 30th, 2018

July 27 – July 29, 2018

A summer weekend filled with fun, educational activities in the outdoors. Space is limited!

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Camp Kellogg

Published May 31st, 2017

Last week at Camp Kellogg we got the chance to teach Hucrest 5th graders about Water Chemistry!  We did hands-on activities learning about the properties of water and their uses in nature!  The students had a blast getting their hands a little wet at their first ever Science Camp-Out!

Thanks Hucrest for a great turn-out [...]

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Thanks Tri-City Elementary!

Published May 26th, 2017

Last week was our last Crater Lake Field Trips for the season and we had wonderful classes!  This could be the last time the students get to see Crater Lake with all its glorious snow and they definitely had time to appreciate its immense beauty on this crisp and sunny day!  We want to thank [...]

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Wilderness Sweets!

Published May 11th, 2017

Yesterday, was our last Wilderness Literature class at Phoenix Charter School!  The students presented their art projects for their class anthology; ranging from essays, to picture slideshows to drawings of native plants and wildlife found along the hikes!  Here are some of the celebratory treats we brought in for the classes final celebration!  We had [...]

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Sun, Seeds and Starts!

Published May 11th, 2017

Today at the Umpqua Valley Arts Association, Fir Grove Elementary’s Leadership group got to come help out with the planting of a salsa garden!  We started by spreading fresh dirt on the beds and then got to plant all of our ingredients; peppers, onions, tomatoes, jalapenos & more!  The students had a wonderful time planting [...]

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SEEDS Field Trip

Published May 11th, 2017

Last Saturday we got a chance to teach local high-school age and younger students about the Natural Resources program at UCC.  They got exposure to agency jobs, had conversations with local professionals and got to attend hikes with a botanist and learn about their region! We got to take a couple of students from Casa [...]

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