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Learning to Grow: 4H Kids Visit the Chicks and Gardens

Kids from 4-H visited Colleen this past weekend on Saturday to learn about chickens and growing food. The young, curious kids had a great time checking out our baby chicks, learning what they eat, how they live and play. The students also learned a bit about growing plants. They collected soil in pots and planted pumpkin seeds that they will transplant at home and use in the fall for Halloween. That's thinking ahead! Read more

Straub Event: Life Cycle Assessment

Join Straub Environmental Center at Louk's Auditorium at the Salem public library February 18th for a discussion with Professor David Tyler from OSU. Dr Tyler will reveal how what we think makes an impact on our environment isn't necessarily so. Life Cycle Assessments and the Relative Sustainability of Everyday Products is certain to get your wheels turning! Read more

Pringle Creek hosts 5th graders designing house of the future

Below are some photos from yesterday’s visitors--125 fifth graders from West Linn working on a long-term project to “design the house of the future.”We divided into five stations: Rainwater, Food & Agriculture, Forestry, Fish & Wildlife, and Energy. The questions we asked were, “How will the design of your house impact the world around us? Can your house be restorative, can it actually improve all the other systems we rely on? How?”Partners that helped with the stations were Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, Marion Soil & Water Conservation District, Marion-Polk Food Share, and OSU Extension Service Sustainable ... Read more

The other library

Salem has a fine public library. The whole Civic Center - library - Pringle Parkade - Pringle Tower project, done in the early 1970s, seems like it was good planning. At that time, the cost of a big public library probably seemed excessive. I don't think the library was very busy during the early years. Have you been there lately? It’s a busy place.The Project for Public Spaces website has a whole series of articles about Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever:The creation of the "information superhighway" threatened to make libraries obsolete, but today they are as prominent as ... Read more

The other Illahee

Illahee is a Portland non-profit environmental organization that provides "opportunities for science-based policy-relevant environmental inquiry." They bring some excellent lecturers to Portland. Coming up is Thomas Homer-Dixon. We have talked about him before. He is an author and Director of the Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Toronto. September 11th won't be the last time we walk out of our cities, writes Thomas Homer-Dixon. In his new book, The Upside of Down, he argues that peak oil, climate change, terrorism, and the widening gap between rich and poor have made the world increasingly ... Read more
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