Long Creek Students Experience the Willamette River

Published September 30th, 2013 in What's Happening? | Comments Off on Long Creek Students Experience the Willamette River

Last week, twelve students from the Long Creek School spent three days paddling the Willamette River, thanks to funding and planning by the Oregon Youth Conservation Corps. Accompanied by superintendent Roy Durfee, OYCC Program Administrator Doug Denning, and NFJDWC Education & Projects Coordinator Rebecca Deatsman, students camped at Willamette Mission and Grand Island State Parks and got to experience an environment very different from that of Grant County. In addition to learning how to paddle a canoe with a partner, students planned and cooked the meals for the trip, completed an assessment of the health of the river habitat, and picked up trash at Willamette Mission, undeterred by the cool, rainy weather. The trip helped kick off our Blue Mountain Field Institute program, through which students will be participating in hands-on land management projects throughout the school year.

Ashlyn, Sam, and Morgan pose in their life jackets before setting out.

Ashlyn, Sam, and Morgan pose in their life jackets before setting out.


Students head out into the river.

Students head out into the river.


Lucas, Ivy, Ralph, and Cody work together to dispose of an old tire at Willamette Mission State Park.

Lucas, Ivy, Ralph, and Cody work together to dispose of an old tire at Willamette Mission State Park.


Leslie, Sam, and Lucas make dinner for the group.

Leslie, Sam, and Lucas make dinner for the group.


Marijayne practices casting as the sun sets.

Marijayne practices casting as the sun sets.


Ralph, Cody, Ivy, and Marijayne (along with Mrs. DeLong) put their heads together on the habitat assessment activity.

Ralph, Cody, Ivy, and Marijayne (along with Mrs. DeLong) put their heads together on the habitat assessment activity.

 

The whole group poses by the largest black cottonwood tree in the U.S.

The whole group poses by the largest black cottonwood tree in the U.S.


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