The school year is winding down and the summer is rapidly approaching. Green Team students took this opportunity to celebrate their efforts over the past year on their stream and wetland enhancement projects. Eastside Green Team students gathered on May 17th at Rex Putnam High School for a day of celebration and sharing!
After an introduction from Kris, our Green Team Program Coordinator in lieu of Meghan Ballard on maternity leave, we kicked things off with our Keynote speaker! John Runyon is a Principle at his own environmental consulting firm, Cascade Environmental Group, overseeing watershed planning and restoration projects of all types. John shared his background experiences in fisheries, forestry, and stream restoration and encouraged us to continue to search for our passions!
Spring Mountain Elementary kicked off the morning with a video of what they this year in their very first year with SOLVE. This enthusiastic group of third, fourth, and fifth graders restored Mt. Scott Creek after school, all year-long. Our next presenters were our hosts, Rex Putnam High School‘s Sustainable Systems class. They presented a documentary of their work at Boardman Wetlands and in their class throughout the year. Portland Lutheran School described how their class mapped Beaver creek using GIS technology. Students took the TriMet bus to Beaver Creek 5 times this year and completed individual inquiry projects and stream restoration activities. Rod and Angie Shroufe’s classes from Clackamas High School explained how they have kept Rock Creek healthy throughout the year and the reason for their November Salmon tosses. Clackamas High School also has an after school Green Team that has worked at Rock Creek and Mt. Scott Creek this year. They explained the various projects they have implemented throughout the year to make Clackamas High School green! Last but not least, we had the Watershed Avengers, in all of their glory, from Clackamas High School present a lighthearted video about the removal of invasive species and get a little jiggy with it. WATCH IT HERE.
SOLVE also recognized Amanda from Clackamas High School as this year’s Student of the Year. Amanda participated in the SOLVE Stream Team Captain 3 day training in June. Since then, she has dedicated 10 Saturdays to leading SOLVE events, which is hard to imagine from a busy high-schooler! She is a shining example of how SOLVE and other local organizations can help you learn new skills, try experiences, and explore natural resources as a possible career.
A BIG thank you to our presenters, 12 Eastside Schools and 1120 students for your constant dedication and hard work to make our watersheds healthier for generations to come. We are inspired by your passion and can’t wait to see all the things you will continue to do in the future. This of course, also wouldn’t be possible without our Green Team Teachers who have motivated and encouraged their students throughout the year with their positive attitudes, rain or shine!
Also thank you to the following sponsors, partners and friends who attended the summit and for supporting our work:
- Clackamas County Water Environment Services
- Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District
- Oak Lodge Sanitary District
- East Multnomah Water and Soil Conservation District
- Patrick Edwards, Portland State University
- Johnson Creek Watershed Council
- The Rock Creek Partnership
A parting thought from a Gladstone High School student this year:
“A place so calm but corrupted
but people like us can fix it.
Each day we plant a new life
to help save the fish.
Pushing towards a new beginning I remind myself.
I am a student
I am an Oregonian
I am one of hundreds who’s willing to make a difference”
Thanks for playing in the mud, sun and hail with us, it has been a blast!