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New Pathways

Published December 3rd, 2017

Ken Carloni, PhD.

Your Education Committee continues to work hard to create opportunities for student of all ages to learn about their natural world and put that knowledge to work. Here are a couple of highlights:

New Pathways for Natural Resources Students: I’m pleased to announce that just last week Umpqua Community College (UCC) approved [...]

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AmeriCorps Shines

Published September 4th, 2017

Ken Carloni, PhD.

Umpqua Watersheds’ education initiatives have been going strong and continue to touch the lives of hundreds of students a year from K-12 through college. The educational programs, originally developed by our VISTA member Roland Wang and expanded by AmeriCorps member Katrina Keleher, offer after-school “Science Friday” programs, Science Olympiad, and other fun [...]

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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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Finally Flowers!

Published May 3rd, 2017

This week at Casa de Belen we planted our seeds from our Garden in a Glove activity and went on a Nature walk.  We collected flowers, pedals, stems, leaves and more to include in our next week’s lesson! We will be drying and pressing the flowers to create nature bookmarks!  We had a wonderful time [...]

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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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