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Rivers of Life gets $80,000 to hire 12 youth this summer in community enhancement projects

COURTESY PHOTO - Lori Bell of Clackamas Water Environment Services shows off one of seven birds of prey that youth are working with in conjunction with Clean Water Workshops sponsored through WES funding.Oregon Community Foundation and Oregon Youth Corps recently granted nearly $80,000 in funding to help youth this summer in community enhancement projects

Because of Rivers of Life Center's association with Clackamas Community College, Clackamas Water Environment Services and five Clackamas County cities, decisions were made to fund the programs that are making a difference. Youth learn first hand from handling real animals while improving their environments in Clackamas County. 

COURTESY PHOTO - A recent workshop involved real birds of prey and youth presenters at the Mt. Scott Headwaters Project."We are looking for 12 young people ages 14 through 24 to create wetlands, enhance streams and in general learn while they work and perform measurable community services," said Timothy Miller, program administrator for Rivers of Life Center.

The popularity of Discovering Watersheds workshops started with a saker falcon serving as a "table topic" in front of a crowd of participants on June 5.COURTESY PHOTO - Discovering Watersheds Workshops start with a saker falcon sitting in front of a crowd of participants on June 5.COURTESY PHOTO - Eagles Landing Founder Neil Nedelisky on June 5 shares his vision for expanding in Happy Valley.

Seven other hawks, owls and falcons were shared by birds-of-prey specialist Alina Blankenship.

The next Discovering Watersheds workshop was held Saturday, June 12, with the final workshop including presentation of Environmental Awards of Excellence to be held on Saturday, June 26.

"Parents and children will love these events for a chance to meet wildlife up close and personal," said Timothy Miller, Rivers of Life Center crew leader.

Events are free from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturdays at 10220 S.E. Causey Ave., Happy Valley. For more information, call 503-260-3432, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit riversoflifecenter.org.


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