Winter-Spring 2020 Projects
Applications due Monday, 10/28/19, 9:00 am – Apply Now!
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROJECTS
Get out onto the trails at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum with elementary school children to help them cultivate a lasting, personal connection to nature, based on reciprocity and respect. This team will develop and implement a field–based curricula for a local elementary school. Activities will focus on Coyote Mentoring methods such as field journaling, with a focus on native flora, fauna, and natural history. This team will gain experience in the development and implementation of hands-on learning experiences that are both scientifically sound and age-appropriate. This year we’ll be developing the 5th grade curriculum, and working with K-5 in the field. You’ll be working in partnership with Mt. Pisgah Arboretum and Adams Elementary School. A background in environmental education and/or local natural history is useful (but not required). In winter you will enroll in ENVS 425: Environmental Education: Theory & Practice (4 credits), and in Spring ENVS 429: ELP (4 credits).
Majestic Trees Team 2020
The Pacific Northwest is home to some magnificent old-growth forests. Unfortunately, many local children have never had the opportunity to explore this enchanting ecosystem first-hand. In response, this team will develop and facilitate a field-based curriculum that engages middle-schoolers in learning about old-growth forests. Your mission is to show science in action, while fostering the development of personal connections to this amazing ecosystem. The team will visit classrooms in April, and lead full day field trips every Thursday and Friday in the month of May. You’ll be working in partnership with the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. A background in forest biology or ecology is helpful (but not required). In winter you will enroll in ENVS 425: Environmental Education: Theory & Practice (4 credits), and in Spring ENVS 429: ELP (4 credits).
Trails Team 2020.
This new team will be working in collaboration with Travel Lane County. Travel Lane County is charged with supporting the economies of our local communities through Destination Marketing and at the same time protecting the “playground” that is such an important part of the visitor experience. When it comes to recreation, that means matching the right trail for the right person at the right time. This team will be supporting this work by doing field work focused on evaluating access, accessibility, and amenities of various Lane County destination trails. In addition, you will develop your marketing skills by working on descriptions and photos that help improve communication about Lane County trails. In winter you will enroll in ENVS 410: Trails Team (1 credit), and in Spring ENVS 429: ELP (4 credits).
CONSERVATION SCIENCE IN ACTION PROJECTS
The Thurston Hills Natural Area is home to a variety of habitats including conifer and mixed forest, oak woodlands, grasslands, and more. In partnership with Willamalane Park and Recreation District, this team will continue mapping oak trees, invasive species and other features to help plan future ecological restoration, trail and fuel reduction projects. You will learn plant identification and forestry monitoring methods within a restoration and recreation context. A knowledge of forestry, ecology, botany, ecological restoration or GIS is preferred but not required. This project will build upon the 2019 team’s work, http://envs.uoregon.edu/pastprojects/.
Riparian Restoration 2020
Whitewater Ranch is a sustainably-managed blueberry farm, diversified with forestry and Christmas trees. Since 2014, ELP teams have been improving conditions for Goose Creek with the overall goals of providing shade for the stream and habitat for pollinators within the context of a working farm. Past teams have created a management plan, installed and maintained riparian plantings, and monitored plants and animals. In 2020, this team will continue these efforts, with a focus on improving habitat for pollinators. You will learn about restoration techniques and challenges within a farming context, as well as plant identification and multiple field methods. A knowledge of botany, ecology, pollination biology, or ecological restoration is preferred but not required. This project will build upon the 2014-2019 teams’ work, http://envs.uoregon.edu/pastprojects/.
Hendricks Forest 2020
Hendricks Park is Eugene’s oldest park, and its 60-acre Douglas-fir forest serves as a gateway to Eugene’s Ridgeline park system. A Forest Management Plan created almost 20 years ago has guided restoration work in the forest and will soon be updated. This team will continue collecting data such as old-growth tree characteristics, forest health and wildlife habitat, then make planning recommendations that consider climate change. You will learn forest monitoring methods within a planning context. A knowledge of forestry, ecology, botany, GIS or planning is preferred but not required. This project will build upon the 2019 team’s work, http://envs.uoregon.edu/pastprojects/.