Umpqua Watersheds Blog


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Published March 13th, 2020 in Education-AmeriCorps

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 grateful for all of the support that has been given to this program. Running education programs on a shoestring budget isn’t always easy, but it is a rewarding challenge! I strive to make the most out of the supplies we have and ensure that they are reusable and recyclable where possible! From these shelves I can lead activities around food chains, dendrochronology, water chemistry, Gyotaku Japanese fish art, pollination, soil filtration, the water cycle, compass navigation and much more.

I always try to give students something to take home with them, like a necklace made from a tree cookie or a hummingbird made out of a pinecone so that they can remember their lesson on watershed stewardship. Amidst all of the chaos in our world today, I’m grateful to be able to just go outside and explore nature with youth.


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