Education in an outdoor classroom…

Bill M; Salmon in Schools; Imprint Pond Amphitheater
Bill Malatinsky (SPU) leading a Salmon in the Schools session at the Imprint Pond Amphitheater.

Park visitors sometimes refer to Carkeek Park as an amazing urban oasis and go there seeking nature, recreation, and relaxation.  Many refer to the park as a grand outdoor classroom and go to explore, learn, and teach.  Individuals, family and friends, public & private & home schools, community colleges, businesses, senior groups, and local activity groups are just some in the community who have found so much at Carkeek Park.

CWCAP and partners bring access to educational, demonstration, and outreach opportunities at Carkeek Park.  Whether you are looking for a conversation, individualized tours, student projects, or thinking about educational planning for your classroom — CWCAP would like to help.

Here is a summary of some of the Spring activities between January and May 2018.

Total visitors3041 from January 7 to May 12, 2018 (58 group visits + random park visitors)

  • Park visitors999 (individual and family visits from January 7 to May 12, 2018)
  • Total Group Visits: 58 (39 of which are scheduled programming visits)
  • SIS Program visitors1,378 (23 schools) from March 26 to April 13, 2018
  • Viewlands Walk Down visitors297 (13 classrooms) from April 26 to May 11, 2018
  • Tiny Trees visitors255 (16 groups) from January 7 to May 11, 2018
  • Other organized group visitors112 (6 groups) from February 21 to April 17, 2018

Below are some of the topical areas that are either current activities or potential areas/modules in which you could possibly join as an educational opportunity or as a volunteer:

  • Salmon feeding!  Every Spring continuously from late January through May
  • Imprinting System, hatchery, rearing, and release of salmon fry – Spring
  • Fall salmon returns, life cycle, spawning survey, and natural history – Fall
  • Wetlands, estuary, creek system and habitat
  • Watershed and stormwater/surface water modeling
  • History of salmon in Carkeek Park, current status, and future
  • Water quality monitoring
  • Macro-invertebrate sampling and identification as bio-indicators of water quality
  • CWCAP Salmon Programs
  • Salmon in the Schools
  • Salmon Search – Fall (SPU, SIS, SPS, CWCAP)
  • Salmon Release – Spring (SPU, SIS, SPS, CWCAP)
  • Salmon Stewards – Fall (SPU, CWCAP)
  • Salmon Watchers Program – Fall (KC, SPU)
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