Field Programs are designed for students to study the ecosystem of a site within the Columbia Slough Watershed and its nearby habitats. These trips are intended as a field component for students who have completed a classroom presentation.
What to Expect
Field activities may include wildlife observation, water quality monitoring, macroinvertebrate sampling, identifying native and non-native plants, and habitat studies. Field programs generally last between 1.5 - 2 hours and can include a service project or deeper scientific investigation.
Many field trips take place at Whitaker Ponds Nature Park, which has an outdoor classroom, pond access and limited indoor study areas. Other sites within the watershed include Salish Ponds Wetlands in Fairview, the Columbia Blvd. Wastewater Treatment Plant grounds, the Children’s Arboretum, and Kelly Point Park.
Groups should come on field experiences dressed appropriately for the weather and with enough adult chaperones to meet a 1:8 adult to student ratio.
Service Projects and Community Action Projects
These may be arranged based on the specific needs and interests of your student group. The majority of students participate in habitat restoration projects including: invasive plant removal, mulching and trail maintenance, and planting native herbs and shrubs.
Cost and Transportation
The Slough School programs are offered free of charge to teachers and students within the Columbia Slough Watershed on a case by case basis. Transportation to field sites is generally the responsibility of the school or group, although some transportation arrangements can be provided by the Slough School.
The Whitaker Ponds Nature Park is accessible by Tri-met bus #75 and is located at 7040 NE 47th Ave in Portland.
Academic Benchmarks Addressed
Slough School activities can be adapted to meet specific learning objectives identified by teachers for each student group.
Activities address academic content standards identified by the Oregon Department of Education, such as:
“Explain the behavior and interdependence of organisms in their natural environment”, “Describe the characteristics, structure and function of organisms”
“Explain how humans and the physical environment impact and influence each other”
“Design and conduct investigations to answer questions and verify hypotheses”, “Analyze, data collected from an investigation, draw conclusions and explain results.”
If you are interested in creating a plan of study with the Slough School, contact:
Lianne Bailey, Education Coordinator
Phone: (503) 281-1132