The education program goal is to provide life changing experiences for learners of all ages that cultivate appreciation for ecological systems, conservation practices, restoration processes, and the intrinsic value of wild places
Objectives of the Education Program are to:
Develop and implement rigorous, outcome-based curricula in ecology, natural history, and environmental science for college credit.
Increase environmental science literacy of K-12 students through the development of curricula that meet or exceed state standards.
Provide long-term research opportunities to increase the understanding of ecosystem recovery in SW Oregon.
Create field-based opportunities for experiencing the natural world.
Develop collaborative efforts with agency specialists and other professionals to provide authentic educational and potential career opportunities.
Facilitate community educational opportunities.
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Our AmeriCorps State/National member, Katrina Keleher, has received a total of $1800 in grant funding this month to support our education programs. The Walmart Foundation sent $1000 for Umpqua Watersheds to purchase field equipment for our summer Umpqua Natural Resources Pathway crew this summer. Bessie Minor Swift Foundation sent $800 for Umpqua Watersheds to include a climate change component to the sixth grade Science Friday program at McGovern Elementary School in Winston.
Science Olympiad Team Competes in State Tournament at Oregon State University
On Saturday, April 18, our AmeriCorps member and volunteer, Katrina Keleher and Roland Wang, traveled with seven Douglas High School students from Winston to Oregon State University in Corvallis to compete in the state Science Olympiad tournament. Science Olympiad is a national elementary school, middle school and high school team competition in which students compete in ‘events' pertaining to various scientific disciplines, including earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. The students competed in 17 of the 23 events that were offered this year. We placed 2nd in the “Wright Stuff” event where students build wooden planes and compete for the longest flight time. Congrats Jon and Logan!
Youth Wilderness Campout, Science Monday, and more!
Summer education programs are in full swing here at UW. The Oregon Youth Conservation Corps (OYCC), USFS, and UW have teamed up to lead a summer technical crew of 6 youth and 1 crew leader to collect scientific field data in the Umpqua valley. Science Monday at the Roseburg YMCA has been a great success, and the Twin Lakes Youth Wilderness Campout was maybe the best it’s ever been!