Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute
The Foundation is working with the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department to increase uses of the parks by students and schools in order to connect the parks with education.
The second session of Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute, conducted this June in partnership with Eastern Oregon University, is just one example of how state parks can be connected with education. During this summer’s institute, high school students from counties surrounding Cottonwood Canyon state park were coupled with experts in hydrology and botany, college mentors and teachers to learn about riparian areas, river flow, photography and writing. They earned college credits, while completing quantitative and qualitative studies that provided fascinating interpretive information for the general public.
The Foundation is well on its way to raising the funds for a new Experience Center (classroom) that will be part of a $1.6 milion project to add a classroom, cabins and a shower/restroom facility to Cottonwood Canyon State Park as a facility for schools to use as a residential outdoor school facility for experiential education.
Shown here, Elina Lin, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife Hydrologist, works with a group of students from Arlington High School who are learning about how to go about measuring the river flow rate. (Photos provided by Tim Wood)