The Oregon Envirothon is an exciting, fun way for high school-aged students to learn about the environment through hands-on field experiences that demonstrate knowledge of natural resources. Teams of five students train and compete in the areas of Aquatic Ecology, Forest Ecology, Soils and Land Use, Wildlife Ecology, and a current environmental issue relating to particular ecosystems. The Oregon Envirothon seeks to develop knowledgeable, skilled and dedicated citizens who are willing to work towards achieving and maintaining a natural balance between the quality of life and the quality of the environment.
The Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District can provide non-monetary support to teachers and students preparing for the competition, including answering technical questions, locating educational resources, providing classroom presentations, and assisting with after-school activities. To learn more, contact our Conservation Education Program Assistant, Chantel Huff, at email@example.com.
The Student Watershed Research Project works with the cooperation of local scientists and the participation of Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area schools. The Project is fundamentally based on water quality research and watershed health analysis. As citizen scientists, students learn to gather and use scientific information in community decision-making. By enabling them to become actively engaged in learning by doing, students add valuable information to a regional watershed database and simultaneously gain an increased awareness of the complex issues involved in environmental stewardship.
In Washington County, the Tualatin River Watershed Council does outstanding work supporting student participation in SWRP. The Council uses funds from its BOR Contract to fund water quality education and monitoring through the Student Watershed Research Project (SWRP) working with Forest Grove High School biology classes. Council members are also encouraged to volunteer as judges at the SWRP Summit in May where the students share the results of their work with the judges and their peers from other schools.
The Conservation District is available to lend additional support as needed. We recommend contacting April Olbrich, Watershed Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about starting an SWRP program at your school. Inquiries about District presentations to students on specific water quality topics, as well as assistance to students in preparing project abstracts and presentation, may be directed to Chantel Huff at email@example.com.
The Tualatin SWCD has a number of outreach and education materials available on each of the resource concerns listed on this website. If you are seeking additional print materials on any of these topics, please contact Chantel Huff at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out what may be available!
Recommended Online Resource – Clearing Magazine An online community and resource for conservation education in the classroom and beyond; includes regularly updated articles and book reviews on environmental education, classroom activities, and much more.
Recommended Online Resource – Ag for Kids is a great website funded by Class 44 of the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation, with support from the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. It is focused on 2-3 grade and has several video and activity resources.
Perfect Pollinators Classroom Set This 12 slide set is designed for use with middle school classrooms to share information about pollinator conservation here in Washington County. The slides provide an outline for a conversation with students about what pollinators need to survive and how the activities of human beings can help or harm them, using the Fender’s blue butterfly, the Mason bee, and the Cinnabar moth as examples. Teachers may find it to be a regionally appropriate substitute for monarch butterfly conservation lessonettes or a suitable compliment to that curriculum. This may also be a useful resource during National Pollinator Week in June. While supplies are still available, you may contact the District for Bee Lunch bookmarks, a CD-ROM of supporting documents, and classroom materials to supplement these cards.
Weed of the Month A monthly article highlighting an invasive species or noxious weed. Suitable for use during National Invasive Species Awareness Week in February or Oregon Invasive Weed Awareness Week in May.
World Soil Day Resources Each year on December 5, students around the world dig deeper into the soils beneath their feet to celebrate World Soil Day. Additional resources can be found on the NRCS website as well.
The Farm to School Evaluation Toolkit, created by the Colorado Farm to School Task Force and Spark Policy Institute, is a resource to help farm to school programs of all sizes, in all states, undertake evaluation. The FTS Evaluation Toolkit Webinar Training Series is a free five-week webinar training series that guides participants through the evaluation process and provides them with knowledge and tools to implement evaluations of FTS programs. Each webinar runs for one hour and covers a specific evaluation topic, including Toolkit Overview and Evaluation Plan Design; Outcomes, Indicators, and Measures; Choosing and Adapting Tools; Collecting and Analyzing Data; and Reporting Evaluation Results. The series begins on January 6 and continues on Tuesday afternoons until February 3. The website will remain open as a resource after the 2015 training.
Have an idea or request for classroom materials? Contact Chantel at email@example.com!