K-12 Education at the Environmental Learning Center

The John Inskeep Environmental Learning Center (ELC) is a place where all ages can learn about the environment through hands-on, interactive activities that are both educational and fun!

Our recently restored wetland, fed by underground springs and stormwater runoff from the Oregon City campus, provides critical habitat for wildlife and water quality improvement, making it the ideal location to study wetland habitat. And, as the headwaters to Newell Creek, it's also the perfect venue for watershed discussions.

The ELC now offers K-12 class field trips and day camps that enrich student learning through outdoor education.

Field trips are structured to meet specific Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) that cover Ecosystems, Adaptation, Biodiversity and the Impact of Human Activity. Students have opportunities to explore, interact with, measure and create within the lush outdoor surroundings of the ELC, which contains both forest and wetland habitat. The variety of habitat present allows us to teach about interdependent relationships in ecosystems. Some age groups also learn about water quality and stormwater management.

For more information about opportunities to visit, please contact Alena Schnarr at alena.schnarr@clackamas.edu.

Children attending ELC programs are expected to follow Oregon’s immunization policy. Please visit the Oregon Health Authority for more information.

ELC programs for kids

Winter Break Camps
School Field Trips
Nature Striders Pre-School Program