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Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve trained staff and volunteers present a variety of science-based field programs that meet science standards and curriculum goals, are very hands-on and encourage students to be active, involved learners! Join us for a wonderful experience in the field learning about a variety of topics from Biodiversity to Insects. All programs are hands-on, interactive, educational and fun. For school groups, all of our programs are aligned with the Oregon Common curriculum goals and State benchmarks for education.

All Hillsboro schools receive a 10% discount.

If you are interested in a Jackson Bottom Field Program, please contact Diane Kearns at (503) 681-6278. 

Grades 2-3
Length: one and one-half hours
Fee: $110 per class

Insects are all around us and have amazing adaptations and strategies to survive in their habitats. Students will learn the characteristics of an insect. How they are different from spiders, study their adaptations and solve five insect mysteries focused on identification, life cycle, adaptations, behavior and interaction with humans. They will also have the opportunity to use sweep nets to learn the correct technique for catching and releasing insects and go on an insect investigation walk in the wetland.

Wetland Exploration
Grades: All ages
Length: 1-1/2 hours
Fee: $110 per class

Explore the wetlands with a naturalist on a tour to discover the wonderful things that are all around us. Each tour will be unique and full of surprises. Staff will customize the tour depending on the interests and needs of your group.

Sensory Fun in the Wetlands
Grades: K-2
Length: Two hours
Fee: $110 per class

Here’s an opportunity to check out your senses…sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste! We will discover what a wetland is, cool things about the critters such as Bald Eagles, bats, coyotes, raccoons, and insects that live here and explore how their senses are different than ours. How do bats catch bugs? How well do Bald Eagles see? How are insect eyes different than ours? Bring your eyes, noses, hands, and feet for some serious wetland fun!

Jackson Bottom Wetland Birds
Grades: 1-2
Length: Two hours
Fee: $110 per class

Birds are some of the most fascinating and conspicuous animals on the planet. Join us at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve for a two-hour exploration into the world of birds. Students will have the opportunity to use binoculars while on a bird watching walk, eat like a bird, handle feathers, bones and nests, and discover how birds fit into this wetland ecosystem.

Grades: 4-6
Length: 2-1/2 hours
Fee: $150 per class

What is biodiversity? Why is it important to the world and you personally? Students will rotate through four different learning stations, using scientific tools to get a glimpse of ecosystem health through the study of water quality, wildlife habitat, soils and plant diversity, and the food chain. Students can then take these skills and ideas back to the classroom for a study of biodiversity at their own school site.

Preserve Inquiry

Grades: 5-6
Length: Four hours (fall, spring and summer seasons only due to winter flooding)
Fee: $175 per class

How do people find out things about the world? One major way is by the process of Scientific Inquiry. Let’s learn how to learn! We will practice framing a question, planning an investigation, collecting and recording data, analyzing data and sharing results with others. As students become more familiar with the process of scientific inquiry, they will learn how to follow up on their curiosity, excel at asking and answering questions and learn how to be a problem-solver.

Riparian Forest Inquiry
Grades: 5-6
Length: Four hours (fall, spring and summer seasons only due to winter flooding)
Fee: $175 per class

Riparian forests are some of the most diverse ecosystems on earth. During this field experience, students will learn about these amazing ecosystems by conducting an assessment of the riparian forest at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve. Students will learn about disturbances in an ecosystem and discover why canopy does matter! They will also conduct a wildlife survey, comparing diversity between two different habitat zones in the Preserve. This is a very hands-on program where students will learn to use various scientific tools and instruments and practice their inquiry and data collection skills.

Note: If two classes come to the Preserve at the same time for field programs, one class will participate in the program while the other class goes on a hike around the Preserve with Jackson Bottom Wetlands staff or volunteer. Students will eat lunch together on the deck, then the classes will switch activities. There is an additional $25 charge per class for the hike.

Questions about Programs?

Contact Diane Kearns, Environmental Education Program Supervisor at (503) 681-6278.

Last updated: 3/21/2016 11:45:19 AM