A big thanks to Ethan, Sophia, Kannan, Austin, and Cecilia for their school board presentations about our recent outdoor school and salmon project! They did an outstanding job! We also presented the School Board one of our most recent canvas salmon block prints.
One of our outdoor school stations focused heavily on the “A” in STEAM. The salmon tile art project started in class at EY where students traced nature-related designs on tiles. During the outdoor school session, they carved out portions of their tile to create a stamp that would later be used for printing. The day after outdoor school, Joel and Roxy Thomas worked with our students in small groups to use water-soluble ink to create a canvas print that depicts a salmon in with a state of Oregon outline. Just like a few years ago, the print turned out great. We plan to have at least one print available for our EY Auction this winter, so be looking for that!
It was a tad bit warmer today and the focus was water. Students engaged in learning about hydrology, macro invertebrates, salmon anatomy, and water quality. A big thanks to Joel, Clyde, Roxy, and Susy for their expertise and instruction, George Fox University for allowing us to learn on their campus, and to all our chaperones!
Even though it was quite chilly and breezy, the sun was shining and our students received a healthy dose of outdoor learning at George Fox University’s campus canyon along Hess Creek. The focus today was on riparian zones, all the living things you can find along a stream bank and around rotten logs, an nature-related art project, and learning how to tie useful knots and some fishing rod casting practice. Tomorrow the focus is on water quality, hydrology, macro invertebrates, and salmon anatomy.
The classes at our outdoor site were rich in learning and creativity today! Today’s menu was water testing, hydrology, macro invertebrates, and linoleum block printing. Through all the water studies our students engaged in, we learned a lot in regard to our question, “is Chehalem Creek a suitable release site for chinook salmon eggs, and would it support spawning chinook salmon.”
A huge thanks to Joel and Roxy Thomas for their amazing work in organizing such a great experience. Our instructors Clair, Dave, Froggy, and Pete were amazing, as well as the several Newberg High School Volunteers! Lastly, thank you parent chaperones for your help with classes and with our students in making smooth transitions throughout each day.
Aside from a few rain squalls, the weather cooperated for the most part. Our students engaged in some great learning about salmon anatomy, salmon survival, rotten log food webs, and riparian zones. Four new great learning stations tomorrow!