SOLVE is an Oregon based non-profit organization that brings together individual volunteers, service and conservation groups, businesses and government agencies in activities to restore our natural spaces and provide educational opportunities to encourage environmental stewardship. Established in 1969 by Governor Tom McCall, SOLVE is well known for its annual Beach and Riverside Cleanup as well as its Saturday community tree planting events through the Team Up for Watershed Health Program.
This blog highlights SOLVE‘s educational outreach and stewardship program, Green Team. We work with elementary, middle and high school science classes throughout the Portland Metro area to engage students in restoration work at stream sites near their schools. This year we are working with 80 classrooms and over 2,200 students.
Through this environmental service-learning program, students in Green Team have a heightened awareness of their imact on the world around them and therefore, become stewards of our environment.