Thank you for visiting our Marion SWCD Education page. We are excited to offer our Marion County residents hands-on environmental experiences! The program guide lists the topics and a short description of the class. The programs are all aligned with NGSS and provide experiential learning. We are encouraging educators to fill out the Environmental Education Program Request Form and send it to Jenny Ammon ([email protected]) to start the process for a field experience or in-class presentation. Jenny will respond to your email with a confirmed date and time, pre-field trip letter, and other details to help make the experience stellar.
Soil health is vital to agriculture, whether it is a commercial operation or backyard gardening. We can provide instruction on many aspects of soil. Students can use test kits to determine pH and amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Soil texture can be determined by creating soil ribbons by hand and structure and moisture content can be studied with soil probes. We encourage anyone wishing to create or maintain a school garden to take advantage of these programs.
Teachers within the District are able to acquire the test kits and equipment we use through the CLEAR grant program and receive instruction on their proper use.
The study of water quality is the Marion SWCD’s most requested educational program. The District can offer these at field locations or at schools. The District likes to combine chemical analysis using test kits with biological inventories of macroinvertebrates to determine the present and past water quality conditions. These are compared to the State of Oregon’s adopted parameters for salmon and steelhead. These activities are appropriate for grades 5 through 12 and even adults have been known to enjoy grabbing a net to fish out the macros inhabiting local waterways. Join the fun and learn what the fish eat.
Teachers within the District are able to acquire the test kits and equipment used through the CLEAR grant program and receive instruction on their proper use.