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What does a scientist look like?

Published October 29th, 2015

Students are subjected to stereotypes every day. When I ask my students to draw what they think a scientist looks like, I usually see drawings that represent conventional fallacies: scientists are “crazy”, male, nerdy, they wear lab coats, glasses and have untamed hair.

So yesterday when I asked the 5th [...]

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Exploring Crater Lake National Park

Published October 15th, 2015

Umpqua Watersheds, Inc. organized two field trips to bring 160 4th and 5th grade students from McGovern Elementary to Crater Lake this fall. The students were able to experience the natural wonders of Oregon’s only National Park with hands-on activities and hikes. The students learned about forest and fire ecology, climate change in the national park, geology, and [...]

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UCC Field Botany Tour

Published June 25th, 2015

This past Sunday the UW staff returned from a 6-day journey through Northern California and Southern Oregon with Dr. Ken Carloni’s UCC Field Botany class. The tour consisted of identifying, keying, exploring, swimming, hiking, and learning, and we are so proud of the students and community members for making this the greatest botany tour to date!


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McGovern Outdoor School

Published June 11th, 2015

On June 2nd Umpqua Watersheds traveled to Camp Myrtlewood to teach six presentations about watershed science to McGovern’s ninety 6th graders. The students learned about water chemistry and the water cycle. We explored the complex concepts of the cycle by getting out of our seats and embarking on our very own “Incredible Journey’s” as water molecules. Thank [...]

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Science Wednesday – Eastwood Elementary

Published June 8th, 2015

May 27 marked the end of the pilot “Science Wednesday” program at Eastwood Elementary in Roseburg. The program consisted of a six-week environmental stewardship curriculum co-led by UW’s Katrina Keleher and Eastwood’s Jeff Jackson. The fifteen 5th graders in the program learned about water chemistry, dendrochronology, GPS navigation, and environmental science for two hours after school every Wednesday. [...]

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Education Programs

Published June 8th, 2015
April 10, 2015: Science Friday – GPS Navigation

At today’s Science Friday lesson we learned all about GPS (or Global Positioning Systems)! We learned about satellites, directional differentiation, how to read and input coordinates, & navigation. We ended the lesson with a geocaching activity on McGovern’s campus!

Great job today, scientists!! Remember – next week is [...]

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Published January 23rd, 2015

Welcome to Umpqua Watersheds Education blog! This is a very exciting place where you will find information, photos, and stories about the various environmental education activities taking place in Douglas County. Take a look around by navigating through the different tabs!

In the end we will conserve only what [...]

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