North Mountain Park offers the following Service Learning Programs at different times of the year. Please check with our Nature Center Coordinator for a list of programs currently available.
Bird Nerds (3-6) and Beginning Bird Field Studies: (grades 7-12)
Students will use binoculars to observe and identify birds in their natural habitats at North Mountain Park and learn about bird life, history, and migration. Service activities may include trail building to protect wildlife habitats or weeding and mulching native plants that provide habitat value for birds.
Environmental Art (grades 4 - 12)
Learning Component: Learn about expressing art concepts with natural materials.
Service Component: Students will help to restore an area of a park beautifying the land while increasing habitat value.
Water Quality in Bear Creek (grades 4 – 12)
Learning Component: Test water quality indicators in Bear Creek. Learn the importance of indicators such as pH, dissolved oxygen, and water temperature.
Service Component: Students will help plant, weed or mulch areas near the creek.
What’s Living in Bear Creek? (grades 3-12)
Students will learn how to collect macroinvertebrate samples from Bear Creek, observe specimens and acquire basic information about their forms, functions and ecological importance. For the service component, students will assist in caring for riparian vegetation. Activities may include watering, weeding, mulching etc.
People and Plants (grades 3-12)
Learning component: Students will identify plants used by Native Americans of this region and explore some of their traditional uses with hands-on activities.
Service component: Students will care for some of the plants of the Ethnobotany Trail by pruning, weeding, watering or seed collecting.
North Mountain Park will provide instruction and materials for one class or group at a time. We ask that teachers or leaders provide adult volunteers (one adult per eight students), transportation to and from the park, and name tags for each student. Programs last between 90 minutes and 2 hours.
Please contact North Mountain Park Nature Center to schedule a program, 541.488.6606 or email. Registration is required a minimum of 2 weeks in advance of your preferred date.