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Service Learning During COVID-19


Learn outside, even during the pandemic!
The following Service Learning Programs are compatible with COVID-19 safety requirements.

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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.

What’s Living in Bear Creek? (grades 6-12) 
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.

COVID-19 Considerations:
North Mountain Park will provide instruction and materials for one class or group at a time.
We will subdivide your students into smaller groups, to ensure physical distancing. Larger class-sized groups will be split in half, and will undertake service and learning simultaneously in two different areas of the park.  

We ask that your students bring masks with them to the park as a Plan B, in case physical distance isn't being maintained.  All materials will be sanitized before and after your program.  

We ask that teachers or leaders provide adult volunteers (one adult per five students), who will assist with group management. Please also arrange for your own transportation to and from the park, and bring 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.

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