Winter-Spring 2019 Projects
Restoring Connections 2019
This team got 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 developed and implemented a field–based curricula for a local elementary school. Activities used Coyote Mentoring methods such as field journaling, with a focus on native flora, fauna, and natural history. This team gained experience in the development and implementation of hands-on learning experiences that are both scientifically sound and age-appropriate. This year the team developed the 4th grade curriculum, and worked with K-4 in the field. The team worked in partnership with Mt. Pisgah Arboretum and Adams Elementary School. To learn more, visit the team’s website.
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 developed and facilitated 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 visited classrooms in April, and led full day field trips every Thursday and Friday in the month of May. The team worked in partnership with the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest and the Pacific Tree Climbing Institute. To learn more, visit the team’s website.
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 mapped and assessed oak trees, invasive species and other features to help plan future restoration and recreation activities. To learn more, visit the team’s website.
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 continued these efforts, with a focus on improving habitat for pollinators. To learn more, visit the team’s website.
Hendricks Park Forest Assessment
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 but needs updating. This project will gather information to inform future management planning of the park. In particular, students will locate and evaluate the health large-diameter trees, as well as document the effect of the February 2019 snowstorm on the forest. To learn more, visit the team’s website.