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Environmental Learning Center
The Environmental Learning Center (ELC) is a great place for children, families, and adults to explore the outdoors and learn about watersheds through hands-on environmental education.
What can you do at the ELC?
- Explore trails
- Discover native plants and wildlife
- Take a Community Education class - explore stress reduction, arts & crafts, bushcraft, star parties and more.
- Bring your K-12 class on a field trip to our outdoor classroom
- Earn CEU's by attending short-courses on environmental topics that impact your profession
- Rent space for special events
- Learn more about the ELC
- Relax and rejuvenate
The Environmental Learning Center site is open daily from dawn to dusk. For more information, please call 503-594-3015.
The Environmental Learning Center is a critical wetland
Newell Creek bubbles to life here, fed by underground springs and stormwater runoff from the campus and surrounding areas. The water in Newell Creek flows through the 1,800-acre Newell Creek watershed, the largest intact green space in the South Metro area. It then connects with Abernethy Creek and continues on into the Willamette River, the Columbia River, and ultimately into the Pacific Ocean.
The water flowing into the ELC provides critical wetland habitat for wildlife, but stormwater carries pollutants with it. Our functional wetland cleanses and cools this water, ensuring that what goes downstream is healthier than what entered the site.
The site is currently undergoing a restoration, to be completed in the spring of 2018, and will showcase innovations in stormwater management, landscape design, and sustainable living practices. Learn more about the Newell Creek Headwaters Restoration Project at our History of the ELC page.
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We invite you to help preserve this gem so that the entire community can learn and have fun here for many years to come. Give to the Environmental Learning Center.