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Educational Opportunities


  • Oswego Lake Watershed Tour   During Summer and Spring OLWC offers monthly watershed tours for area residents to introduce them to Oswego Lake Watershed and provide an overview of watershed science and issues affecting watershed health.  Transportation is in individual vehicles and carpooling for the tours is arranged at the beginning of the tour. Custom tours can also be arranged for groups of up to 15 individuals. Tours are free, but pre-registration is required.
    WhenThe third Saturday of each month from May through October,  9:00am – 11:00am
    WhereUplands Elementary School, 2055 Wembley Park Rd, Lake Oswego, OR 97034, United States (map)
    DescriptionThis field trip begins at one of the headwaters of Springbrook Creek and follows the creek route to Oswego Lake with visits at several key areas along the creek. The tour concludes at Oswego Creek as water leaves the lake and makes its way to the Willamette River. This event is free and family-friendly. RSVP is required. Please e-mail Stephanie at stephanie@oswegowatershed.org to reserve your space.

    RSVP Required — email stephanie@oswegowatershed.org to reserve your space.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Watershed Education Volunteers Needed
    Volunteers are needed to support school programs and watershed tours and programs.  We are particularly looking for individuals who are interested in supporting the 5th grade watershed programs at Tryon Creek or leading watershed tours. Training is provided for all volunteer opportunities. Please contact Stephanie Wagner at stephanie@oswegowatershed.org for details.

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  • Upcoming Friends of Springbrook Park Work Parties
    (for details and final dates/times check the calendar above):

    • Work Party: Stay tuned!
      For our Volunteer Work Parties we will be placing new signs around Uplands Neighborhood. Please join us when you see this sign:
      Springbrook Park Volunteer Work Party this Saturday 8-11 am - Meet at Uplands School - Trail Kiosk
    • Education Events. Events throughout the school year (Dates to be determined.). Project Details: A member of Friends of Springbrook Park will partner with Lake Oswego School District and district faculty to develop and implement curriculum that encourages students to learn about and explore the plants, animals, and ecosystems of Springbrook Park.
      Contact: Anne Lider (503-701-2291).
  • Upcoming Friends of Hallinan Heights Woods Work Parties
    • Stay tuned!
  • Upcoming Friends of Iron Mountain Work Parties

     

    Looking East to the lake from the top of Iron Mountain. Photo by Susanna Kuo

    Looking east to the lake from the top of Iron Mountain. Photo by Susanna Kuo

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    DO YOUR PART AT HOME!

    Lake Oswego Backyard Habitat Certification ProgramGarden naturally:

    • Certify your yard through the Backyard Habitat Certification Program – CLICK HERE to learn more. 
    • Reduce your use of toxic gardening products
    • Use slow-release fertilizers
    • Avoid combined fertilizer and pesticide products like “weed and feed”
    • Remove invasive weeds and replant with native vegetation
    • Keep soil from washing into the storm drains in the street

    Soak up stormwater runoff:

    • Rain gardens slow down and soak up stormwater runoff on your property.
  • Watershed-friendly household maintenance:
    • Soak up driveway spills with kitty litter and throw in the garbage
    • Sweep your driveway instead of washing it
    • Dispose of household hazardous waste at a disposal facility – drains in the street lead to local streams

    Maintain your vehicles to reduce pollution:

    • Fix vehicle fluid leaks to keep them from washing into streams
    • Wash your car at a car wash or over grass

    Even your pets can help:

    • Please pick up after your pets – bacteria from dog waste pollutes our waterways

    CLICK HERE for more information about classes, small grant opportunities, and “how-to” guides.