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Exploring Crater Lake National Park

Published October 15th, 2015 in Education-AmeriCorps

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 wildlife biology while overlooking the lake. Each 4th student was given an “Every Kid in a Park” pass, which will grant them and their families free entry to federal public lands and water for the 2015-2016 school year.

A 4th grade student fills out a discovery worksheet about the ecosystem surrounding her.

A 4th grade student fills out a discovery worksheet detailing aspects of the complex ecosystem surrounding her.

A young scientist uses binoculars to look at birds and trees. Perhaps here she is looking at a Clark's Nutcracker?

A young scientist uses binoculars to look at birds and trees. Perhaps here she is looking at a Clark’s Nutcracker?

The 5th graders celebrate their summit of Watchman Peak.

The 5th graders celebrate their Watchman Peak summit. They did it!!

The 4th grade students gather around Ranger Stephanie to learn about the geologic history of Crater Lake.

The 4th grade students gather around Ranger Stephanie to learn about the geologic history of Crater Lake.