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Community-Based Education – The Colquitz Watershed Stewardship Education Project

Community-Based Education – The Colquitz Watershed Stewardship Education Project By Pam Murray Along the Cowichan River, surrounded by the smell of cottonwood resin, an elementary school student discovers that dragonfly larvae look like aliens. In a quiet wetland, a middle school teacher marvels as a guest expert shows his class how to fold cat-tails into […]

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Ocean Science: What should kids learn?

by Gene Williamson Forty years ago, when I first decided that I wanted to teach about the oceans in my 8th grade classroom in Corvallis, I was faced with a daunting task. Not only were there only the sketchiest of materials available, the prevailing wisdom was that students were not capable of dealing with sea […]

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Review: Flotsametrics and the Floating World

How One Man’s Obsession with Runaway Sneakers and Rubber Ducks Revolutionized Ocean Science Authors: Dr. Curtis Ebbesmeyer and Eric Scigliano Publisher: Smithsonian Books/Harper Collins ISBN 13:9780061558412 Reviewed by Orlay Johnson If you would enjoy learning about the life and times of Dr. Curtis Ebbesmeyer, a UW graduate and Seattle oceanographer best known for tracking ocean […]

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Farm to School in the West – A Snapshot

The western region of the National Farm to School Network encompasses a wide range of farm to school programs, policies, and organizations. Our states are at various stages of progress with farm to school, but all enjoy support from committed and enthusiastic individuals and organizations. Farm to school programs blossomed in California more than a […]

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Guiding Students’ Questioning

by Jude Curtain The sun was shining. There was just a hint of fall in the September air. Twenty three fourth graders were hunched over their white dishpans, excitedly sorting through their samples of forest litter. So began a series of lessons designed to guide students in generating questions, creating investigations, and ultimately finding answers. […]

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