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Classes for adults and children at the Oregon City campus over the next couple of months

CCC offers environmental short courses

Clackamas Community College offers to broaden your knowledge of 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

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

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. The field identification portion of the class takes place in at least two community types.

Stream health - survey methodology

Aug. 6, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Aug. 7, 8 a.m.-noon

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

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

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; which species are characteristic of running water versus still water; 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

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

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.

For 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 summer camp registration is 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.

Summer camp for young musicians

Clackamas Community Collegeonce again will offer its Contemporary Voices Summer Music Camp. The camp is open to all high school singers (mature and enthusiastic junior high students welcome) who want to immerse themselves in a five-day musical journey that fosters growth and inspiration.

The camp runs from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 15-19, with optional recording/songwriting sessions 6-9 p.m. The camp is directed by Kathleen Hollingsworth, CCC's director of vocal music. There will be daily classes in vocal technique, songwriting, recording, choir rehearsals, circle singing, a cappella and functional theory.

Campers will learn new choral, vocal jazz and gospel works; collaboratively compose new music in a circle singing group; have an opportunity to sing solos in the songwriting class and also in choir rehearsals; learn and understand music theory; hear guest musicians play and talk about music; and make new friends.

The camp will be held at the Niemeyer Center at CCC's Oregon City campus, 19600 Molalla Ave. Cost is $150, plus an additional $50 for optional evening recording session.

For more information, contact Hollingsworth at 503-594-6299 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To register, visit bit.ly/CCCsummercamp. For more information, visit clackamas.edu/music-performance-and-technology.


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