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Pacific Northwest Research Station

 
 
 
Pacific Northwest Research Station
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Conservation Education

students enjoying Canopy Connection program.Many scientists chose their work for a reason as simple as a childhood love for salmon, mushrooms, or volcanoes. If they can share their work with children, scientists get a chance to remember why they went into the field and to help children discover how exciting science can be. PNW Research Station scientists make time to share their expert knowledge with children and teenagers in a variety of programs in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington.

 

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Canopy Connections

During 8 days in May, 185 middle school and high school students visited H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. They rotated among four lessons created and presented by eight students in the University of Oregon's Environmental Leadership Program. Activities included climbing and observing in the old-growth canopy, studying function and parts of a tree, discovering old-growth habitats, and learning how to identify native plants and their uses.

 

click to expand/collapse.Career Paths in Natural Resources

Station scientists visited Eastern Oregon University, where they talked to 36 students about career paths in natural resources with various government agencies and nongovernmental organizations.

 

Climate Change and Water

Forty educators attended this lecture as part of the Forestry Institute for Teachers held at Humboldt State University.

 

click to expand/collapse.Crater Lake Bioblitz

A station scientist gave a presentation on Cascadia amphibians to about 50 members of the public at the rim of Crater Lake. Station personnel assisted with a day-long amphibian inventory of the national park conducted by more than 50 volunteers.

a volunteer learning to identify plants

 

click to expand/collapse.Dry IceóDiscovering the Properties of CO2

Third graders in the Liberty Elementary School District of Albany, Oregon, discovered the properties of carbon dioxide (CO2) by watching dry ice change from a solid to a gas. The 60 participants also learned that CO2 is an ingredient in soda pop, that humans exhale it, and plants inhale it.

 

click to expand/collapse.Forests Inside Out!

The station was able to use funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding to continue its partnership with the nonprofit World Forestry Center in Portland, Oregon, to support Forests Inside Out!, a successful summer conservation education program. This program is a series of 2-day indoor and outdoor experiences for 300 children ages 6 to 10 and family members from diverse and underserved communities in the greater Portland metro area. Eight high school students who are graduates of the station-supported Inner City Youth Institute were hired as mentors for the program.

 

click to expand/collapse.Forest Camp

The Siuslaw National Forest hosted outdoor school for 200 sixth graders at Camp Tadmor in Lebanon, Oregon. Several station employees taught the Web of Life segment of the camp, including a component describing the important and functionally diverse roles of fungi in the forest ecosystem.

 

click to expand/collapse.Forestry Days

About 300 sixth graders in the Clatsop County school district of Astoria, Oregon, learned about the ecology of forest fungi.

 

click to expand/collapse. Inner City Youth Institute

The station provided continued support to the Inner City Youth Institute (ICYI). ICYI encourages underrepresented youths to pursue higher education and careers in the natural resource and environmental fields. ICYI sponsored forest ecology programs in Portland inner city middle and high schools and a summer camp program for high school students from Portland. This summer's camp was held at Oregon State University (OSU) and H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. Participants spent a day on campus learning about OSU's degree programs and gaining a sense of what life might be like for a college student. The remainder of the week was spent at the experimental forest learning about forest ecosystems from onsite scientists.

 

click to expand/collapse.Learning About Cedar and Forest Ecology

Alaska Native students and educators learned about cedar trees at the Alaska Native Brotherhood/Alaska Native Sisterhood Grand Camp. Others learned about forest ecology at the Tlingit and Haida Culture Camp. About 55 people participated in the events. Marys Peak Watershed Tour: About 100 middle school students learned about healthy watersheds and the importance of headwater areas.

 

click to expand/collapse.Marys Peak Watershed Tour

About 100 middle school students learned about healthy watersheds and the importance of headwater areas.

 

click to expand/collapse.Mentoring an Aspiring Wildlife Biologist

A station scientist consulted and verified species for a student at Sandy High School, Oregon. The scientist went on to mentor the student in the process of surveying for wildlife species. They discussed sampling methods for expected amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals in the area. The student now aspires to become a wildlife biologist

 

click to expand/collapse.Mount St. Helens 30th Anniversary

The station partnered with the Mount St. Helens Institute to present a virtual science field trip to over 3,000 fourth through eigth grade students across the country. Natural Resources Internships: Two students at Green River Community College in Auburn, Washington, participated in formal internships with station scientists to fulfill their degree requirements. The students worked 400 hours and kept detailed diaries of their work experience. Natural Resources Program Advisory Committee: Station scientists served on a formal advisory committee to establish and oversee a 2-year community college curriculum and field experience in natural resource management for Wenatchee Valley College in Washington. They also hosted an annual field trip for 20 students in the field methods lab course. New Market Skills Center: Forty high school students learned about careers in forestry and forest research. The center in Tumwater, Washington, provides career and vocational and technical skills to high school students interested in employment directly after high school and/or preparation for entering college or apprenticeship.

 

click to expand/collapse.Northwest Science Expo

The station sponsored "Outstanding Forest Science" awards to a high school student and a middle school student at this science fair for young scientists, engineers, and mathematicians at Portland State University in March. The station also participated in judging. Petri Dish Experiments: Sixty third graders at Liberty Elementary School in Albany, Oregon, learned scientific methods and gained experience by using a dissecting microscope to closely examine bacteria and fungi lurking on their hands. Hand cleansing treatments were compared by counting different-colored fungi or bacteria growing on nutrient agar in Petri dishes.

 

click to expand/collapse.Natural Resources Internships

Two students at Green River Community College in Auburn, Washington, participated in formal internships with station scientists to fulfill their degree requirements. The students worked 400 hours and kept detailed diaries of their work experience. Natural Resources Program Advisory Committee: Station scientists served on a formal advisory committee to establish and oversee a 2-year community college curriculum and field experience in natural resource management for Wenatchee Valley College in Washington. They also hosted an annual field trip for 20 students in the field methods lab course.

 

click to expand/collapse.New Market Skills Center

Forty high school students learned about careers in forestry and forest research. The center in Tumwater, Washington, provides career and vocational and technical skills to high school students interested in employment directly after high school and/or preparation for entering college or apprenticeship.

 

click to expand/collapse.Northwest Science Expo

The station sponsored "Outstanding Forest Science" awards to a high school student and a middle school student at this science fair for young scientists, engineers, and mathematicians at Portland State University in March. The station also participated in judging.

 

click to expand/collapse.Petri Dish Experiments

Sixty third graders at Liberty Elementary School in Albany, Oregon, learned scientific methods and gained experience by using a dissecting microscope to closely examine bacteria and fungi lurking on their hands. Hand-cleansing treatments were compared by counting different-colored fungi or bacteria growing on nutrient agar in Petri dishes.

 

click to expand/collapse.SalmonWatch

Forty biology students at Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis, Oregon, learned about the biological and cultural aspects of northwest salmon. The learning experience included a field trip to the Alsea River led by several station scientists

 

click to expand/collapse.Stream Amphibian Project

Station scientists helped five eigth-grade students at Jane Goodall Elementary and Middle School in Salem, Oregon, complete a year-long science project examining abundance and diversity of stream amphibians in an old-growth forest and a secondary forest of the Oregon Coast Range.

students from Jane Goodall Environmental Middle School

 

click to expand/collapse.Streamkeeper Academy Lecture Series

A station scientist presented "On the Track of the Elusive Wolverine." About 65 people attended this lecture held at the Northwest Stream Center in Everett, Washington.

 

click to expand/collapse.Washington State Science and Engineering Fair

The station sponsored an "Outstanding Forest Science Project Award" to a tenth-grade high school student at the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair at Olympic College, Bremerton, Washington, in April.

 

click to expand/collapse.What Eats Plankton?

A station scientist organized an event at a day care facility in Corvallis, Oregon, on marine food webs and led art activities modeling plankton out of styrofoam and plankton necklaces out of clay. Fifteen 3- to 4-year-olds participated.

 

 

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