Women in Science Day

Students from the Portland metro area joined us this Saturday at Estacada High School to meet women in the field of science and hear about their experiences.  Women in Science Day is an annual event for SOLV; this is the 11th year the event has taken place and it was a great success!

Our mentors were joined Saturday morning by the girls to hear a short presentation about the amazing variety of opportunities available to women today in science fields.  Students then had the opportunity to introduce themselves to the mentors and have a rotating group discussion about their interests and hopes for the future.  With careers in wildlife ecology, environmental education, conservation planning, surveying and more, the mentors we were joined by this year provided great insight into what it is like to be a woman in the exciting and demanding world of science.

After meeting and sharing, the girls and mentors grabbed some shovels and headed to Currin Creek, behind Estacada High School, to learn a bit about stream restoration and tree planting.  Mentors and students paired up and braved the rain to plant some native trees and shrubs alongside Currin Creek to help stabilize the eroding banks, provide shade, slow the flow of sediment and provide habitat for wildlife in the area.  The group finished planting one side of the stream and continued onto the other, planting over 150 trees and shrubs. 

A big THANK YOU to all the girls who joined us for the event this weekend and to the mentors who shared their experiences and time with us; it was a great event and we hope to see you all next year!   All plants for the event were donated by Clackamas River Basin Council; thank you!

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