Nov 26, 2022, 14:12 PM by CCC Staff

kids play at the ELC during winter camp

OREGON CITY - The Clackamas Community College Environmental Learning Center is offering Winter Survival Games camps during winter break. Despite the cold and wet forces of winter, the resilient natural world continues to be full of activity and wonder. At the Environmental Learning Center, these seasonal changes provide a learning ground for the ways the plants, animals and people get through winter. 

During the camps, children will explore, make crafts and engage in nature-based play to understand how the environment adapts to ever-changing conditions. Each day participants will learn about a different aspect of winter survival for wildlife, from finding food to building shelter, and so much more.

Camps are Monday, Dec. 19 through Thursday, Dec. 22, from 9 a.m. to noon, for children in first and second grade, and from 1 to 4 p.m. for those in third through fifth grade. The cost is $175 for the week, and a limited number of scholarships are available. To register, visit our online registration page. For more information, contact Sarah Bidwell, kids' education coordinator, at

About the Environmental Learning Center

The Environmental Learning Center has a rich history as an educational resource for Clackamas Community College, regional schools, industry and the community. Located on the former site of a Smucker's processing plant, the center was created to demonstrate what people could do to reclaim industrial sites, address stormwater issues and restore wildlife habitats in urban areas. Each year thousands of people visit to explore the 5-acre site and learn about watershed health. The site serves as an important stormwater facility for the college campus and provides critical wetland habitat for resident and migratory birds, such as the great blue heron, wood duck and merganser. For more information about the Environmental Learning Center, visit

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