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Connecting During COVID: Year One
Heath Keirstead | March 19, 2021

Since the coronavirus pandemic curtailed our ability to offer most in-person volunteer events, tours, workshops, talks, and other educational programming, Benton SWCD began sending out a weekly e-news to help us stay in touch. Here is a table with links to each of the e-news we’ve sent during the first year of the pandemic, from

Conservation Neighbor: Karrie Woodruff
Heath Keirstead | December 30, 2020

As a Garfield Elementary School teacher, Karrie Woodruff became part of the BSWCD community through Salmon Watch in the fall of 2017. Since fewer Spanish-language resources exist, she creates engaging, hands-on lessons that build from what students know from their surroundings and integrate multicultural perspectives.

Book Review: Gaia Girls: Enter the Earth
Heath Keirstead | July 2, 2020

Gaia Girls: Enter the Earth has an optimistic message of standing up for your beliefs and it’s a great adventure story written for 9-13 year olds.

Book Review: Teaching with Fire: Poetry that Sustains the Courage to Teach
Holly Crosson | July 2, 2020

Teaching with Fire is a beautiful and passionate book about how teachers use their favorite poems to keep their hearts alive as they rise to the joys and challenges of teaching

Summer Ag Institute Scholarships
Heath Keirstead | June 25, 2020

Here is a summary of the Summer Ag Institute Scholarships we have awarded since 2011. We only fund educators who work in Benton County for Session 1 of Oregon Agriculture In the Classroom’s Summer Ag Institute, which takes place in the summer. Year School/Organization Teacher 2019 Summer Ag Institute General Program Sponsorship 2018 Crescent Valley

Conservation Education Grant Awards
Heath Keirstead | June 25, 2020

Here is a summary of the conservation education grants we have funded since 2007.   School Year School/Organization Project Amount Funded 19-20 Cascade Pacific RC&D/ Garfield/Lincoln Willamette Laja Twinning Youth Education Aves Compartidas $1,000.00 19-20 Inst. for Applied Ecology/ Garfield/Lincoln Willamette Laja Twinning Youth Education Aves Compartidas $996.50 19-20 Adams Elementary School Garden $342.99 19-20

Low Salmon Returns, The Blob, and Raising Awareness
Heath Keirstead | February 6, 2020

In the north Pacific, the Blob returned in 2019.

Conservation Neighbor Ron Leonard
Heath Keirstead | December 31, 2019

Kids in Linn and Benton Counties are fortunate to have lifelong educator Ron Leonard to guide their outdoor education.

Conservation Neighbor Tara Davis
Heath Keirstead | December 31, 2019

Tara Davis puts her unique skill set to work for watershed health, here in Oregon and abroad.

An Afternoon Dig for Duck Potato
Julia Waters | November 29, 2016

Wapato Harvesting for Planting at Collins Bay   On a dry day in late summer, Benton SWCD’s Holly Crosson and Melissa Lemein along with myself, an OSU student volunteer, went to local landowner Marvin Gilmour’s farm to harvest wapato (Sagittaria latifolia) tubers for future planting at Collins Bay. Collins Bay is a side-channel of the

an intern digging into a field
Soil Quality Project: science meets practice
Teresa Matteson | July 27, 2016

This internship has been all encompassing- stretching my mind to think, working my hands with samples, and lending out my services as a student.

Conservation Neighbor: Jeff Mitchell, Pax Produce
Jeff Mitchell | November 2, 2015

Every garden is a learning opportunity. I was fortunate to be able to teach hands-on Botany to many, fantastic high school kids in Lincoln County and Philomath High School for over 28 years. Through careful research we identified key components of successful gardens, vineyards and orchards. I learned many things from my students. One of

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