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    The Newell Creek Headwaters Restoration Project

    Clackamas Community College's ELC meets its match

    "The whole region will benefit from a restored ELC and protected Newell Creek Headwaters." - Metro Councilor Carlotta Collette  

    In 2014, the Headwaters of Newell Creek Restoration Project at the Environmental Learning Center (ELC) received an $863,432 Metro grant to help fund redevelopment of the 5-acre site into a regionally significant outdoor learning laboratory.

    In honor of college’s 50th anniversary, CCC’s Foundation committed to raising the matching funds required by the Metro grant. CCC is proud to announce it has met the match and would like to thank the community and the generous donors who helped achieve this goal.

    The ELC is one of 27 projects benefiting from Metro’s Nature in Neighborhoods grant program. Metro awarded $5.2 million in capital improvement and conservation education grants to a variety of projects in the greater Portland area. These grants promote linking natural area conservation, stewardship and community involvement. Funded by Metro’s 2006 natural areas bond measure, the capital grant finances projects like building trails, buying land and making structural improvements.

    Groundbreaking for the project is targeted for the spring of 2017 with construction taking place over the summer and fall.

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    20 Facts About The ELC

    The John Inskeep Environmental Learning Center (ELC) in Oregon City is a great place for children, families and adults to explore the outdoors and learn more about watersheds through hands-on activities and environmental education.

    The ELC is a five-acre site located on the Clackamas Community College Oregon City campus. Newell Creek bubbles to life here, then flows to the Willamette River through the 1,800-acre Newell Creek watershed, the largest intact green space in the South Metro area.

    At the ELC, you can explore trails, discover native plants and wildlife, or observe the stars at the Haggart Observatory. We offer interactive environmental education school programs for elementary-age students, as well as professional development workshops for teachers.The John Inskeep Environmental Learning Center site is open daily from dawn to dusk. For more information, please call 503-594-3015.

    Please note, we are currently closed for construction.

    After restoration is complete, we welcome you to visit - explore trails, discover native plants and wildlife or just enjoy a peaceful break from a busy day! Beginning in early 2018, we will once again offer environmental education programs. The Environmental Learning Center site will be open daily from dawn to dusk. For more information, please call 503-594-3015.

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