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Community Partners

Johnson Creek Watershed Council

In the spring of 2013 & 2014, two 8th grade students from SW Charter School came to learn from and help JCWC – one day a week over the course of eight weeks. JCWC wanted to learn what students their age really wanted to know about Johnson Creek. What questions did they have while they explored and played in the water? Read more to find out. http://jcwc.org/sw-charter-school-learns-from-jcwc/

We are now working on a longer term partnership with the JCWC to help steward a section of Johnson Creek in the coming years.

Portland Parks & Recreation

In the 2009-2010 school year, the 2/3 classes partnered with Portland Parks & Recreation to help with a stewardship project at Cottonwood Bay, a natural area on the west side of the Willamette River, just south of the South Waterfront neighborhood. The students studied the riparian habitat, removed invasive species, planted native species and helped to remove trash and debris from the area. In 2010-2011, we are expanding our project to include more classes with plans to continue the work begun in 2009-2010, and to continue to improve this natural area for use by local residents and neighbors. Read a brief interview with Anne Gurnee that appeared in on KATU.com in April 2011 http://www.katu.com/outdoors/destinations/119809999.html

Metro

In the 2009-2010 school year, the 6/7/8 classes partnered with Metro to complete three broadcasts related to the Portland Streetcar Project. Students researched the history of streetcars in Portland, the technology and engineering of streetcars and the policy around the decision to include streetcars in Portland’s overall transportation plan. After researching each area, the students produced a series of podcasts that are posted on Metro’s web site: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/index.cfm/go/by.web/id=32043/level=4.

Tryon Creek

In 2010-2011, students studied watersheds and water quality testing in Tryon Creek and Stephens Creek with the support of various agencies including Tryon Creek and the Portland Water Bureau.

Lewis & Clark College

In the 2008-2009 school year, students from all our classes worked with a team of students from Lewis & Clark College. They studied local watersheds, visited Tryon Creek to explore native plants and our oldest students toured the College’s biology labs.