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 storm water 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.

Beginning spring 2018, the ELC will be offering K-12 class field trips and day-camps designed to enrich the learning of students in the area of 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 will be provided 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 will also learn about water quality and stormwater management.

We look forward to your visiting soon!

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

ELC programs for kids

Spring Break Camp
School Field Trips
Nature Striders Pre-School Program