Earth Month in a Nutshell

Earth Month 2018 flew past in a whirlwind of fun and energy! Our educators delivered 61 ecology lessons in classrooms about town and took students out on five field trips. We hosted our 2nd annual film screening, made new connections for our 3rd annual Earth Day Partner’s initiative, and participated for the 4th year in Lent School’s Earth Day Celebration. We’ve been enjoying all the activity!

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April brings milder weather, and along with it, a whole lotta field trips -- between now and the end of the school year, we’ll take 300 students out into nearby Oregon State Parks. And! Our kids will have BOGS rain boots for use in any spring showers, thanks to a recent Bogs’ 2% for Outdoor Education Grant.

On one recent adventure a student discovered a new-found fascination with snails, collecting five slimy friends to accompany him down the trail. When another student complimented his collection, he said, “I love them. These snails are 40% cool, 40% fun, and 20% gross!” Well said!

We have the world to live in on the condition that we will take good care of it. And to take good care of it, we have to know it. And to know it and to be willing to take care of it, we have to love it.
— Wendell Berry

At our film screening, Look & See, we took a look at the life and times of Wendell Berry. His kinship with the land and call to know it (and care for it) as part of ourselves gets at the core of why we believe our work here at ECO is necessary. We see first hand how our students come to love nature the more they know of her - even her slimy creatures!   

The screening brought together over 100 individuals from our community who also got a dose of the ECO experience through virtual reality thanks to Wasim Muklashy from Superswell VR.  

Take a peek at the ECO experience with or without a VR headset! >> Thanks Wasim!!

We served up tasty Brew Dr. Kombucha (thanks Brew Dr. for the supply!) and popcorn with a Jacobsen Salt bar (such a yummy treat!). We couldn’t’ve done it without these fine folks as well as Serenity Ibsen, PNCA and generous sponsorships from Corporate Sustainability Collaborative, Heritage Bank, and Tiedemann Wealth Management.

By the time Earth Day rolled around on April 22, we’d organized our third annual Earth Day Partners initiative with great success! Our ever-dedicated and ongoing partners, Moberi and Townshend’s Tea Company, were joined this year by The Timbers Team Store, The Float Shoppe, Glassybaby, and Bloom Garden Supply. Every one of these partners contributed a portion of their sales to ECO which raised over $2,500 to support hands-on ecology programming that will get kids connected to their natural world. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Did you know?

It’s still a couple years out - but - Earth Day turns 50 in 2020! This is definitely something worth celebrating!