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Environmental Learning Center
The John Inskeep Environmental Learning Center 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 Environmental Learning Center 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 Environmental Learning Center, 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 Environmental Learning Center site is open daily from dawn to dusk. For more information, please call 503-594-3015.
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The Newell Creek Headwaters Restoration Project
In 2014, the Headwaters of Newell Creek Restoration Project at the Environmental Learning Center 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 Environmental Learning Centeris 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.
The Environmental Learning Center at CCC
History of ELC
The Environmental Learning Center at Clackamas Community College represents something different to everyone. Some see it as a place to stroll and commune with nature. Some see it as an outdoor learning laboratory. And others see it as a pioneer in recycling.
The Environmental Learning Center is entering a new phase with the restoration of the headwaters of Newell Creek on the CCC Oregon City campus.
Concurrent with the restoration plans, CCC undertook an extensive community engagement initiative, the ELC Historical Preservation Project. Community members, students, faculty and staff were invited to share memories, hopes and dreams for the future of the site.
"The ELC has been a valued community resource for more than 40 years," CCC President Joanne Truesdell said. "As we move into the future, we rely on our community to help us bring this vision to reality."