Family and Teacher Resources for Students

Lent K-8 School at Leach Botanical Garden

We are all stuck at home trying to entertain ourselves during this current health crisis and for some parents/teachers, they are tasked with engaging large amounts of young students while trying to stay sane. 

Below is a list of environmental education and COVID-19 resources that the Johnson Creek Watershed Council has put together to better ease your search.

Johnson Creek Watershed Council Resources:

Educational Youtube videos

These are instructional videos based on the field trips that we conduct at the council. So far we have one on water quality testing and beaver surveys. A video on macroinvertebrate surveys is in the works. Watch our channel for updates! 

FB Live Videos

JCWC has been posting live videos on facebook very frequently! On April 2nd we did a tour of Foster Flood plains, April 9th we did water quality testing at Johnson Creek Park, and much more. Check out our page! 

JCWC Articles

We have a lot of articles we post through our E-bulletin! Such as Whats that Weed , Social distancing for trees, and how to make social distancing a little better. 

Partner Environmental Organization’s Education Resources:

FREE Ecology Field Guide textbook by Wolftrees watershed science education program 5th edition 

Amphibians of Gresham Video

Portland Water Bureau watershed model activity 

Oregon Zoo live videos and home activity resources

SOLVE & PGE care for your backyard and tour of Oregon from home

Regional Coalition for Clean Rivers Student video contest

Clackamas River Water Providers teacher resources

EPA Water sense for kids

Oregon Wild Wednesdays video posts

Project WILD parent resources

Project Learning Tree Activities for Families

Travel Oregon families guide to activities at home

Survive the Sound, fish migration activities 

Tree data from Portland Parks and Recreation

City of Gresham Youth Climate Eco-challenge

OSU free intro master gardener workshop

EMSWCD free workshops

Columbia Springs bug out scavenger hunts, tree activity, un-nature trail activity, and salmon habitat scavenger hunt

ODFW wildlife in Oregon videos

Cornell Lab of Ornithology live bird feeder cams

Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom virtual farm field trips

Forest Therapy walks

National Parks

Freshwater mussel video by Freshwaters Illustrated

DIY Mason bee condos

Amazing photos and information on macroinvertebrates

Salmon Watch Resources

The school garden curriculum

Chesapeake Bay Program An educators guide to the meaningful watershed educational experience (MWEE)

Purdue Extension Discovering the watershed lesson plan

UNL stormwater educational activities for kids 

Connecting classrooms and communities through watersheds lessons

Freshwater lesson plans Grades k-12

Nature Journaling with Project Learning Tree

Oregon Natural Resources Education Program (ONREP) virtual field trips, online tours, and videos

Geospatial webinars for kids

What is a bird, song for kids, Pancake Manor

Other Education Resources:

Passion Impact Youth Information Interview practice


Online courses with PUGS

Culturally Responsive Education Resources:

Confederated tribes of Grande Ronde Tribal History Curriculum

Confluence Story Collections- stories from Tribal partners

White Supremacy in the classroom

Creating a More Welcoming and Culturally Responsive School Community to Engage American Indian and Alaska Native Families series

Working with kids in nature

Erasing inequity by Grant HS 

Culturally Response Teaching, Equity Assistance Center at Education NW

COVID-19 Related Resources:

Student-created website for teens to volunteer safely during COVID-19 in Portland

COVID-19 emergency relief resources for pdx

City of Portland updates and resources on COVID-19

Employers hiring now in METRO

Nominate someone for free work boots! 

COVID-19 water bureau info

Portland Emergency Handwashing and Toilet Facilities 

Portland Clinic of Holistic Health  

Food finder- Find food available in your zip code.

School pantries- Public school districts have sites handing out free breakfast and lunch all week to kids and many of those sites also have extra food being distributed by the food bank. Check your local school district website for hours and locations of operation.

You can also call 211 to get up to date information on meal distribution.

Resources for Families: Links to family resources in the Portland area, shared by Metropolitan Family Services.



Stay safe and healthy during these uncertain times!

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