Foster Creek Conservation District
Foster Creek Conservation District

Education & Outreach

Douglas County I Spy Game
Can you spy these different plants and insects in Douglas County?
Douglas Co I Spy.pdf
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Salmon in the Classroom

Salmon in the classroom is part of our outreach curriculum here at Foster Creek CD. With COVID-19 still looming, this year's outreach efforts look a bit different than in years past. However, with the help of Franklin Conservation District we are still able to provide the same salmon experience of watching the chinook salmon lifecycle, but in a virtual setting. If you're interested in getting involved with this year's curriculum feel free to email Angie at aorpet@fostercreekcd.org!

Envirothon

The Washington State Envirothon Committee is looking for participants for 2021 State Envirothon Competition! If you have a class or group of students interested in participating in this great event contact Angie at aorpet@fostercreekcd.org.

 

NEW THIS YEAR!

Foster Creek has worked hard on building outreach materials to help your team prepare for the Envirothon Competition, or for classes to use to learn how to use and interpret enviromental tools and data! Envirothon Boxes are available to rent for Forestry, Water Quality, and Soil educational experiences. Through Washington's Orca Grant these boxes are compiled with tools and supporting materials to help students get a hands on learning experience to better understand their environment and the many components of it. Contact Angie if you're interested in renting one of these boxes from Foster Creek!

The Water Quality Lending Bin is filled with many hands on tools to learn to manage aquatic environments and assess the general water quality. Explore the different biota found in our local waterways and what their presence means for that stream's health. 

The Soil & Land Use Lending Bin provides several different tools to explore the components of soil, how to determine its basic properties, and how soil is used to understand and properly plan land use.

The Forestry Lending Bin is equiped with tools to help asses forest ecosystems along with literature and supplemental materials that explore forest ecosystems and all that are involved within. 

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Education and Outreach Events and Programs:

  • Botany Day (usually spring)
  • Earth Day at Chief Joseph Dam (April)
  • IRIS - Initiative for Rural Innovation and Stewardship (fall summit)
  • Kids in the Creek (fall)
  • Library programs for adults & students (all year)
  • Make A Difference Day (fourth Saturday in October)
  • NCW Fair educational booth (August)
  • North Central WA Regional Envirothon (April or May)
  • PUD Hydropower STEM Academy
  • Riparian Restoration Volunteer Days (spring, fall)
  • River of Power, Chelan PUD, Rocky Reach Dam (May)
  • Salmon in the Classroom (January - May)
  • Soil health and water quality tours for adults & students (all year)
  • Wenatchee River Salmon Festival (September)
  • Wildlife in the shrub-steppe talks with a focus on four key wildlife species: Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit, Greater sage-grouse, Sharp-tailed grouse, and the Washington ground squirrel (all year, as requested)
  • Guest appearances at other various events!
     

Teaching Tools:

  • Aquatic invertebrate collection
    • A transportable collection of mayfly, caddisfly, dragonfly, stonefly, damselfly, diving beetle, whirligig, water strider, snail, leech, & amphipod (scud)
  • Douglas County Watershed Model  
    • Engages the audience through hands-on learning 
    • Demonstrates point & non-point source pollution
    • Sparks a conversation about the various conservation practices that can be installed to reduce the impacts of pollution, enhance water quality & quantity, and increase soil health to benefit humans, fish, and wildlife
  • The Incredible Journey - a water cycle game
     
  • Pass the Jug 
    • Teaches students about water rights and how pollution is fluid throughout connecting watershed systems
  • Salmon Survival Game
    • An active game where students take a journey through the the salmon life cycle and learn about the frequent struggles that salmon face
    • Recommended for larger groups (15+ students) where students play the role of either (1) a salmon, (2) a fisherman, or (3) a salmon predator (bear, osprey)
    • Played at River of Power - a week dedicated to 4th graders in the Wenatchee Valley to learn about salmon, Columbia River dams, and electricity
  • Soil sampling equipment 
    • Hands-on experience that demonstrates how to operate high precision measuring equipment to gauge soil health (pH, moisture content, and compaction)
  • Water quality sampling equipment & test results

 

2018 Education and Outreach Plan - Water Quality
2018WQEducationAndOutreachPlan.pdf
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Part of our mission is to serve our community as best as we can, which means listening to your questions and concerns to develop educational materials and opportunities that you would like to see available.

 

If you have input or would like more information, please contact our office at 509-888-6372.

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