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Adults and kids can attend classes at Environmental Learning Center in Oregon City

Clackamas Community College is offering to broaden your knowledge around natural resource topics while earning continuing education units at the Environmental Learning Center. The college offers a variety of short courses designed to give professionals hands-on experience while learning from experts in the field.

COURTESY PHOTO - Get an understanding of the process involved in erosion and sedimentation and their impacts on construction projects at a professional workshop at the Clackamas Community College Environmental Learning Center.  Short course topics include areas related to stormwater management, wetland/river restoration and ecology, and more. Environmental Learning Center classrooms are in the middle of a recently restored wetland.

Upcoming workshops include:

Herbaceous wetland plant identification

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. July 25-26

Cost: $360

This intermediate level workshop is designed to improve the ability of field staff to identify common species of herbaceous wetland plants through the use of botanical keys. Plant terminology necessary for proper use of identification keys will be covered. The emphasis is on field identification, although classroom instruction also will take place.

Stream health - survey methodology

8 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 6 and

8 a.m.-noon Aug. 7

Cost: $280

This workshop provides information and hands-on experience related to current practices in the assessment of small- to medium-size stream health. Advantages and disadvantages for a variety of methods will be explored to facilitate choosing the best approach in a given situation.

Aquatic macroinvertebrates in habitat assessment

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Aug. 20-21

Cost: $360

This hands-on course for natural resources staff provides an overview of aquatic macroinvertebrate sampling in the Willamette Valley and guidelines for using the resulting data for assessment of habitat condition and responses to restoration. Participants will learn to identify different families of aquatic invertebrates, which are commonly encountered in water bodies; to know which species are characteristic of running versus still waters; about the basics of designing and implementing aquatic invertebrate-based biomonitoring methodologies, including multiple sampling techniques; and, about the variety of data analysis options and how to choose one based on the research goals.

Fundamentals of erosion and sediment control

8 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Nov. 19

Cost: $100

This workshop provides participants with an understanding of the processes involved in erosion and sedimentation and their potential impacts as related to construction projects. Best management practices and tools for erosion/sediment control, plan development, special provisions to specification editing, permit compliance and an introduction to navigating the Oregon standards specifications will be covered.

To get more information about professional development workshops, to join the Environmental Learning Center email list, or to discuss training needs, contact Renee Harber at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-594-3015. Clackamas Community College students qualify for discounted course rates.

Courses will be held at 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City. For more information, visit clackamas.edu/ELC.

ELC camp registration open

Keep your kids active and entertained over summer break at an Environmental Learning Center (ELC) camp at Clackamas Community College. The ELC is offering two hands-on camps for children in first through fifth grade over three weeks.

Nature Spy Water Camp (first and second grade)

Campers will enjoy a variety of fun, age-appropriate activities related to water in nature. Explore the wetland; discover creatures that swim, hop and float on water; learn to be a good steward of the environment; and make crafts and play games. Nature Spy Water Camp runs July 8-11, July 15-18 and July 29-Aug. 1. Cost: $230.

Nature Spy Astronomy Camp (third through fifth grade)

Campers will explore galaxies beyond Earth with fun activities about the solar system. Hunt for micrometeorites, experience the power of the sun through solar oven-baked s'mores, use telescopes, solve mysteries and more. Nature Spy Astronomy Camp runs July 8-11 and July 15-18. Cost: $250.

All summer camps are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the ELC located on the Oregon City campus, 19600 Molalla Ave. Before and after care is available. Scholarships are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

For instructions on how to register, visit www.clackamas.edu/elc/kids. For more information about these and other programs at the ELC, contact Alena Schnarr at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-594-1656.

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