• Join us on May 21st at 10am for
    The ELC Restoration Ceremony

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    The Newell Creek Headwaters Restoration Project

    A birthday gift for the community

    In 2014, the Newell Creek headwaters restoration project received an $863,432 Metro grant to help fund redevelopment of the 5-acre site into a regionally important outdoor learning labELC_at_CCC_300x200oratory. The CCC Foundation is committed to raising $1.7 million in matching funds. “CCC is an amazing school. It has changed the lives of many people. The fact that they want to preserve the ELC is unbelievable. This is just an amazing space,” ELC champion Sha Spady said. (Pictured from left, CCC President Joanne Truesdell, Metro Councilor Carlotta Collette and Sha Spady.)

    As the college celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016, CCC wants to give a gift to the community, and that is the restoration of the Newell Creek headwaters and the ELC. A ceremony for the project will take place during the college's birthday party May 21 at 10 a.m., with an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For Sha, this is a special gift, as she would like to see the ELC continue to be a resource to the community and the environment.

    For more information contact Shelly Parini at 503-594-3015 or shellp@clackamas.edu

    The Environmental Learning Center at CCC

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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 503-594-3696.