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Home Explorer Series launched today!

Published April 6th, 2020

I’m so excited to unveil our new Home Explorer series! This is something I’ve been working on for a few weeks and learning all kinds of new skills in online learning and website design! I look forward to getting feedback and watching this portal grow every week. I know that there are so many online [...]

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AmeriCorps: Education Spotlight

Published March 16th, 2020

by Robyn Bath-Rosenfeld

The New Year is off to an amazing start in my role as the Environmental Educator and Outreach Leader. On January 20th for MLK Day, I organized our annual river clean up with fellow-AmeriCorps Janelle Polcyn from the BlueZones Project. At Gaddis Park in Roseburg, over [...]

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Supplied with gratitude!

Published March 13th, 2020

It may not look like much, but these two shelves constitute all of the amazing supplies I use every day to run our environmental education programs.  These resources have been cumulated over years thanks to the dedication of our AmeriCorps program, the amazing support of donors and grantors like the Gray Family Foundation. We are [...]

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Catching up with our AmeriCorps educator

Published February 20th, 2020

Our 2019-2020 AmeriCorps, Robyn, has been hard at work the last 6 months running environmental education programs throughout Douglas County! She’s taught at 7 different schools and engaged with over 500 youth in the district. Through the Science Wednesday after-school program for 5th graders, Robyn has recently been found at Fir Grove Elementary, Lookingglass Elementary, [...]

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AmeriCorps: Education Spotlight

Published December 6th, 2019

For those of you who don’t know me, I am Robyn Bath-Rosenfeld, the new Environmental Educator and Outreach AmeriCorps at UW. My first three months in this position have just flown by and I am loving the chance to work with such amazing youth across multiple school districts in Douglas County. Since September I [...]

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Published September 24th, 2019

EDUCATION REPORT: Is the Time Right for a UW Edutourism Initiative? 

The following two short-term activities are listed in Umpqua Watersheds’ strategic plan for our Education program:

“Conduct feasibility study re: infrastructure necessary for Educational Ecotourism.”

“Acquire a vehicle(s) for field trips and ecotourism in the Umpqua [...]

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Umpqua Watersheds AmeriCorps in the news!

Published August 2nd, 2019

While winding down their service at Umpqua Watersheds, Maris Wilson and Christine Smith were certainly not winding down their activities. Two big weekends full of activity mark the end of their service. Check out the article in the News Review.


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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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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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