Summer Field Science Camps

(L to R) Amanda Kelley-Lopez, Georgia Hart, and Matt Clark at Tideman Johnson Natural Area

(L to R) Amanda Kelley-Lopez, Georgia Hart, and Matt Clark at Tideman Johnson Natural Area

Our curriculum team traveled to Johnson Creek last week for a site visit to prepare for July’s Summer Field Science Camp. Wisdom’s Amanda Kelley Lopez, Georgia Hart and Rose High Bear met with Matt Clark, Executive Director of the Johnson Creek Watershed Council, and walked through the Tideman Johnson Natural Area.

This six-acre parcel is situated in a natural gorge along the banks of Johnson Creek in Southeast Portland. We’re planning an invertebrate survey there in July with a group of incoming 9th graders from NAYA’s summer youth leadership program.

Johnson Creek Watershed Council is a great partner to Wisdom. Matt has worked with tribes in the past and enjoyed working with our youth at last summer’s field trip to Johnson Creek.

Wisdom is also excited about a new partnership with Ecotrust. They are helping us develop a data collection, visualization, and mapping process for our youth science program.

Ecotrust will teach The Wisdom Project peer mentors a series of procedures for collecting field data using mobile devices and GIS software at this summer’s camp. Once the data is collected, it will then be incorporated into an online mapping tool so our youth and team can visualize the data that is collected in compelling ways.