Program Guide for Marion SWCD

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. 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.

In collaboration with Salmon Watch programs throughout the state of Oregon, we’ve developed the Salmon Watch Streaming lessons for distance learning.

It’s the Salmon Watch curriculum that educators know and love, adapted to new mediums. As always, we highlight ecological values, stewardship, and science-based education with endangered salmon as the keystone.

We hope our new content will bring some of the crisp air, gurgling streams, and spongey forest floor of a Salmon Watch field trip to students at a distance.

At home activities science activities for kids! See the lesson plans below:

Resources for Natural Resource Education

Field Trips

We are encouraging educators to fill out the Environmental Education Program Request Form and send it to [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.

Soil Conservation

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.

Water Quality

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 macro-invertebrates 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.

For More Information, please call 503-391-9927 or email [email protected]