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Eco-Defense: The Forest Needs YOU!

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 in Social Justice, Sustainability |

In our quest to interview a figure from within the eco-defense movement, we were fortunate enough to secure an hour with Matthew Bristow, the Canvass Director at Bark. For those not yet in the know, Bark is the local group here in Portland, Oregon, that has been diligently protecting Mt. Hood National Forest for the last fourteen years. Included amongst...

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Earthstock: The Epitome of Happiness

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 in Educational Equity, Social Justice |

Earthstock is an event that I attend every year that holds a very special place in my heart. Earthstock is a dance that is held every year at the Crystal Ballroom for high school students in Special Education programs in the Portland-Metro area. The students get to leave school for a day and dance to their heart’s content while feeling the floor bounce to...

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Community Outreach Project: Rewild Portland

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 in Sustainability |

Rewild Portland is a local non-profit that holds workshops, community building events, and art shows, and participates in ecological restoration. Their goal as an organization is “to provide a full-spectrum model of education and implementation, from students who come to a single introductory course, to partners of a collective using regenerative...

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Tryon Creek and Sauvie Island; Different Contexts, Similar Results

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 in Educational Equity, Social Justice, Sustainability |

Similar to Celine’s recent post, students in my capstone “Outdoor and Environmental Education” had the opportunity to read and reflect on posts submitted by students in her “Hunger in the City” capstone on Sauvie Island. Both capstones engage elementary students on field trips into the great outdoors, but with different focal points. Despite the...

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Civic Engagement and Diversity in Schools

Posted by on Jun 11, 2013 in Educational Equity |

In order to complete the civic engagement requirement for my Capstone class, I chose to attend Parkrose High School’s multicultural festival. The celebration aimed to showcase the diversity that’s present in the school’s neighborhood, and it did so very well. Traditional dances from around the world were performed by students. Teachers...

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