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Winter-Spring 2019 Projects

Applications due Monday, 10/29/18, 9:00 a.m.  – Apply Now!

Environmental Education Projects

Restoring Connections 2019

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 4th grade curriculum, and working with K-4 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).

Canopy Connections 2019

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, the Canopy Connections Team will develop and facilitate a unique field trip experience — one that gives middle-schoolers an opportunity to climb into the canopy of an old-growth forest and explore the understory!  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 and the Pacific Tree Climbing Institute. A background in forest biology or ecology is preferred (but not required).

Coyote Outdoor School  2019 – NEW!

Work alongside Whole Earth Nature School, the region’s leading environmental educators, to provide Coyote Mentoring to thousands of students across Lane County. Outdoor School is a formative experience for 5th/6th graders that shapes their environmental engagement for decades. At Coyote Outdoor School, this team will lead students in Field Studies that teach the fundamentals of science through art, games, storytelling, research, and more. This team will also create Interest Group activities that Coyote Outdoor School will continue to use for generations to come. Interest Group activities will work with students’ holistic needs while also carrying them into a deeper relationship with nature.

 

Conservation Science In Action Projects

Oregon Oaks 2019

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 map oak trees, invasive species and other features to evaluate a current ecological restoration project and to help plan future work. A knowledge of forestry, ecology, botany, ecological restoration or GIS is preferred but not required. This is a new project, but has some parallels to the 2013 Oregon Oaks project and the Vickery Park portion of the 2015 Stream Stewardship project.

Riparian Restoration 2019

Whitewater Ranch is a sustainably-managed farm with blueberry, Christmas tree, and forest products. 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 2019, this team will continue these efforts, with a focus on improving habitat for pollinators. A knowledge of botany, ecology, pollination biology, or ecological restoration is preferred but not required. This project will build upon the 2014-2018 teams’ work, http://envs.uoregon.edu/pastprojects/.

Hendricks Park Forest Assessment – NEW!

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 (FMP) created almost 20 years ago has since guided restoration work in the forest. However, continued pressure on the forest from invasive species, high recreational use, prolonged drought, and a changing climate will affect this urban natural area for many decades to come. This team will provide an update of forest conditions in Hendricks Park by revisiting the original vegetation plots established for the FMP, measuring diverse aspects of forest composition and tree health, and analyzing how the forest has changed in the past 20 years. Eugene’s Parks and Open Space Division and the non-profit Friends of Hendricks Park will use the team’s data and synthesis to help inform the next 20 years of management in this treasured community forest. A knowledge of forestry, ecology, botany, GIS or planning is preferred but not required.