Get your kids outdoors at nature camps; Legislators to visit North Clackamas; Students perform play to fight bullying; Have fun, earn free college credit

Children can grow their love of nature at one of the summer camps Clackamas Community College is offering at its Environmental Learning Center in Oregon City. The recently restored ELC wetland, fed by underground springs and stormwater runoff, provides critical habitat for wildlife and water quality improvement, making it the ideal location to study wetland habitat.

PHOTO COURTESY: LESLIE ROBINETTE - Eighth grader Gabriel Seymour helps the Kraxberger Gearheads recycle old electronics. The project is a fundraiser for the robotics club.Nature Spy Camp: Incoming first- through fifth-graders will enjoy a variety of fun activities, including exploring the on-site wetland, identifying the critters that live there, learning to be good stewards of the environment, making crafts and playing games. After participating in all four days of camps, participants will be registered as ELC Nature Spies and receive an official membership packet.

Grades 1-2: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 25-28 or July 23-26; $215

Grades 3-5: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 9-12 and July 30-Aug. 2; $235

Teen Nature Academy: Incoming sixth- through eighth-graders have their own camp where participants do hands-on environmental lab activities, engage with the college faculty, and visit college classes. The week culminates with each camper creating their own personal digital story (video production), using photos that were taken throughout the week. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 16-19 or Aug. 6-9; Cost is $245.

The ELC is located at 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City. To register, visit For more information, call 503-594-3015.

Legislators to visit North Clackamas

North Clackamas School Disrict officials will host the Joint Committee on Student Success May 9. This group of Oregon legislators is visiting schools throughout the state learning about best practices to better understand what is and is not working for Oregon's students.

While at NCSD for their day-long visit, these legislators will meet with students from different grades and tour multiple NCSD schools. The group will participate in a public hearing open to the community from 7 to 9 p.m. at Clackamas High School's auditorium, 14486 S.E. 122nd Ave.

"NCSD is excited for the opportunity to showcase the district, and appreciates the committee's work in advancing a plan for high quality public education for all Oregon students," said district spokesman Jonathan Hutchison.

Students perform play to fight bullying

Elementary students in John Wetten Elementary's Leopard Leaders group performed a play, The Juice Box Bully, for a school-wide audience.

"Their performance encouraged students to speak up against negative behavior and solve problems peacefully," said Leopard Leader and teacher David Hill. "The play conveyed an important message of kindness and love."

Have fun, earn free college credit

Clackamas County students entering ninth through 12th grades can earn college credits while having fun in one of Clackamas Community College's free, hands-on summer camps.

Choose from one of four career and technical education summer camps:

Horticulture: This hands-on class will teach students how to prepare and use common kitchen herbs in a variety of edible forms. (Clackamas Community College, Oregon City campus)

Industrial technology: Experience different trades and technology, such as auto body repair, manufacturing, welding and wildland fire. (Clackamas Community College, Oregon City campus)

Health sciences: Learn about health care careers, ethical and legal responsibility and infection control. (Clackamas Community College, Oregon City campus)

Invention: Discover the art of invention through hands-on activities using laser cutters and 3D printers. (Sabin-Schellenberg Professional Technical Center, Milwaukie)

"High school students will get a taste of college and be able to explore some of CCC's programs, without having to pay the tuition typically associated with college credits," said Jaime Clarke, CCC director of education partnerships.

Camps will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 18-22. Lunch will be provided and transportation assistance is available.

Each camp has limited space and will use a weighted lottery for placement. Priority placement will be given to historically underrepresented students (students of color, students with disabilities, students with low socio-economic status and students with limited access to accelerated college credit courses).

To register, visit For more information, call 503-594-3161 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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