Grade 1 and up
Apply concepts and new skills gained in the classroom to a field study. Join us at a local stream, pond or natural area to investigate water and the nearby habitat. Field study activities may include: testing water quality, sampling for aquatic macroinvertebrates (water bugs), exploring wildlife, and identifying native and non-native plants. Activities depend on the season, site features, and curriculum goals. Transportation fund assistance may be available upon request.
Our goal is to engage students in natural areas as close to their communities as possible. Talk to an educator about the best location for your field studies.
Natural Area Restoration Projects
Grade 2 and up
Pair a field study activity with a natural area restoration project. Students take ownership over natural areas and parks and work alongside ecologists to remove invasive plants, plant native trees and shrubs, and maintain past restoration sites. These opportunities are available through a strong partnership with Portland Parks and Recreation and local watershed councils.
Green Infrastructure Tours
Grade 3 and up
Take your students on a guided excursion in your community to observe how swales, ecoroofs, green streets, and creative downspout disconnections help improve water quality. Learn how these innovations allow stormwater to soak into the ground to reduce volume, while plants and soil filter pollutants. An educator will work with you to develop an itinerary based on your method of transportation and location.
Storm Drain Curb Marking: A Community Action Project
Grades 4 and up (dry weather only)
Much of the stormwater in Portland goes directly into streams and rivers carrying oil, dirt, fertilizers, pesticides, and other pollutants from our yards and streets. Installing permanent curb markers with the message “Only rain down the storm drain” reminds people that storm drains are for rainwater only.
A 4:1 student to adult ratio is required for traffic safety. Dry weather is required before and after installation so the adhesive dries properly. Planning a rain date is helpful.