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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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Americorps Voice Christine Smith and Maris Wilson

Published March 1st, 2019

Spring 2019 Christine Smith

Education at Umpqua Watersheds is flourishing with new connections resulting in more programs and additional youth interactions! Maris and I enjoy working in the office together, collaborating on some projects and working individually on others. I’ve been continuing programs from previous years and expanding on them while finding ways to bring [...]

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Soils & Erosion

Published February 8th, 2019

We did stations on soils and erosion at Hucrest this week!  Students observed layers of soil in a jar, felt the different types of soil and used candy to replicate weathering. The weather has been on our side the last few weeks of the program.

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Snowstorms in a jar

Published February 4th, 2019

Students took their lessons in weather and climate and created snowstorms in a jar. This simple experiment creates a glittery, swirling mess in a jar. If you want to try it at home, all you need is: white paint, glitter, baby oil, water and alka seltzer. The alka seltzer creates a reaction that separates the [...]

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Plants galore!

Published February 4th, 2019

Fremont students are experimenting from plant starts! Hopefully we’ll see some produce & flowers sprouting in due time.

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Food Chains with Hucrest

Published February 4th, 2019

Science Wednesday at Hucrest has a full class of excited students, eager to jump into hands-on activities in science. We are going on our third week of lessons. Last week we focused on food chains and food webs in the forest. Students showed us their artistic side and drew their forest creatures after playing a [...]

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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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Biochar: An Ancient Solution to a Modern Global Crisis

Published December 12th, 2018

Ken Carloni, Ph.D.            

biochar /ˈbīōˌCHär/ noun: charcoal produced from plant matter and stored in the soil as a means of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. (Online Dictionary)

When the Portuguese first arrived in Amazonia, they discovered small islands of dark, highly productive soils associated with indigenous villages. Unlike other notoriously poor soils [...]

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