Winter-Spring 2018 Projects
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Environmental Education Projects
Restoring Connections 2018
In partnership with Mt. Pisgah Arboretum and Adams Elementary School, this team is helping elementary school children cultivate a lasting, personal connection to nature, based on reciprocity and respect. This team is implementing a field-based curricula for kinder, first and second graders. Activities are focusing on “Coyote mentoring” methods such as sit spots and journaling, with a focus on native flora, fauna, and natural history. To learn more about their methods and accomplishments, visit their website.
Canopy Connections 2018
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 is working with the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest and the Pacific Tree Climbing Institute to 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 developed a 50-minute classroom lesson and full-day field trip that they are now implementing with 10 different middle school classes. To learn more about their methods and accomplishments, visit their website.
Cultivating Connections 2018
This team is joining School Garden Project staff at local schools to provide standards-based science instruction through garden-based learning. In other words, they are playing in the dirt with third graders while getting them exciting about science and gardening! In today’s world of increasing obesity, and lack of connection to nature, this team helps nurture children to “grow up to become healthy adults who eat their fruits and vegetables, know the basics of growing food, and contribute to a thriving community.” To learn more about their methods and accomplishments, visit their website.
Conservation Science In Action Projects
Climate and Phenology 2018
Climate change poses unknown but significant challenges to restoration practioners and conservation biologists. This team is assisting with critical ecological research needed to conserve, manage and restore prairie habitats at a local to regional scale in the face of climate change. Under the umbrella of a comprehensive multi-university research project led by UO’s Bridgham Lab, ELP students are collecting, analyzing and disseminating phenological (timing of flowering and seed set) data in experimental climate change plots. To learn more about their methods and accomplishments, visit their website.
Riparian Restoration 2018
Whitewater Ranch is a sustainably-managed Christmas tree farm, diversified with forestry and blueberry plantings. The mission of the ranch is to provide quality agricultural products grown “with respect to the land and animals around them.” 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. This team is installing and maintained riparian plantings, monitoring plants and animals, and creating a planting plan for future work. To learn more about their methods and accomplishments, visit their website.
Community Engagement Project
Through its Community Climate and Energy Action Plan, the City of Eugene has set ambitious goals for reducing community-wide fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions. Meeting those goals will require shifts in infrastructure and systems across Eugene, and will ask Eugene residents to change the way they think about and use fossil fuels. This team is inspiring citizen action through outreach activities. They are developing a social media campaign framework and creating original content that can be incorporated into the City’s Climate Communications efforts. To test their content, they are implementing a social media campaign with UO students as the target audience. In addition, they are designing and implementing outreach activities at tabling events. To learn more about their methods and accomplishments, visit their website.