Rock Creek MS adopts Rock Creek!

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Written by SOLVE Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest member Nicole Poletto

Rock Creek Middle School @ Rock Creek on 2.21.2013

Rock Creek Middle School formed an after school Green Team club that would dedicate some of their time to taking ownership of Rock Creek down the street from their school.  SOLVE was excited by their enthusiasm and for their first outing to Rock Creek! 

We had a full afternoon of activities planned.  First, we played a game of riparian metaphors.  What is that you might ask?  Well, we pulled items out of a bag and came up with metaphors for what they might represent in a healthy riparian zone!  For example, sunglasses could be a metaphor for shade to keep the water cool and oxygenated.  We came up with clever metaphors for strainers, camouflage shirts, yogurt containers, bird houses, and more!

After we exhausted our creativity, we learned how to identify native plants by looking at their lateral bud arrangement.  For example, Red Flowering Currant has alternately arranged lateral buds while Snowberry is one of our opposite friends!  Once we could correctly identify the native plants waiting to go into the ground, we grabbed some Red Currant, Elderberry and Oregon Grape and planted 18 plants!!  Not only did we plant plants, but we also dug invasive Blackberry roots to give our plants a leg up on the competition.

As the sun went down it was time to call it a day – a very successful one at that.  See you next time Green Team!




SOLVE’s Annual Women in Science day will be held at Glen Otto Park in Troutdale on March 23rd from 9-1.  Girls – Are you interested in exploring a career in science? Come chat with mentors currently in the science field over breakfast!  In the afternoon we will be planting trees up the road at Beaver Creek!  Register online at :  See you there!

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