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Columbia Slough Watershed Council


Classroom Presentations

Slough School provides classroom lessons tailored to fit the learning objectives of a specific group or classroom. We can combine combine programs to create a specific unit of interest.

Water Insects and Friends- target grade 1

Explore life cycles and anatomy of aquatic insects. Through specimens and slides, learn about water invertebrates and their adaptations.

Habitats of Oregon – target grades 2 & 6

What make up a habitat? Food, Water, Shelter, Oxygen, and Space! Explore habitats of Oregon and the Columbia Slough watershed through hands-on activities. What animals find what they need to survive on Oregon’s Coast? Valley Ponds? Mountains? Desert? Students will select an animal from the Columbia Slough Watershed and draw it in its habitat.

Animal Adaptations- target grade 3

Discuss how animals have adapted to their specific environment. Identify the adaptations of birds, mammals and fish. Examine pelts, skulls and specimens of local animals.

Aquatic Macroinvertebrates – target grade 4

What do aquatic organisms tell us about water quality? Through specimens and slides, learn about aquatic invertebrates and their adaptations.

Groundwater- target grades 4 & 7

The Columbia Slough Watershed sits right on top of Portland’s secondary source of drinking water, the Columbia South Shore Well Field! Learn how local geology affects our groundwater system. Using an interactive model, discover how local choices affect groundwater safety. Recommended pairing with: Watersheds lesson and the Groundwater Pump Station Field Trip

Riparian Plants- targets grades 3,5 & 6.

What is a Riparian Zone? It’s the Land By the Water! Students will differentiate native and invasive plants and how they both affect water quality and habitat. What’s the difference between herbs, trees, and shrubs? Students will get to identify plant samples with field guides. Recommended pairing with: Watersheds lesson and a Stewardship Field Trip

Water Quality- target grades 5 & 7

Students observe, use units, interpret data and form hypotheses as they measure the temperature, pH, turbidity and dissolved oxygen of water samples taken from a local field site.

Watershed Model

What is a Watershed?- target grades 2, 4 & 8

Water + Gravity + Land = A watershed. Learn about watersheds and sources of pollution through historical and current maps, drawing, and a watershed model. Recommended as a primary lesson for any class we work with

If you are interested in creating a plan of study with the Slough School, contact:

Jennifer Starkey, Education Director
Phone: (503) 281-1132