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The Wellsprings Wetlands Get a Do-Over!

On October 11th, the Long Tom Watershed Council and Wellsprings Friends School hosted a volunteer work day to restore the two acres of wetlands at the back of the school property. It was a HUGE success!


Short-term goals accomplished:

  • Removed invasive vegetation and excessive saplings allowing natural restoration.
  • Removed debris left behind by transients and campers.

Long-term plan:

  • Integrate the wetlands across the school curriculum from science to art to writing to service projects.
  • Make the wetlands accessible in all weather by constructing a boardwalk and a raised covered classroom.
 

We are so grateful to so many people for making this happen!

  • Susan Macomson (Wellsprings Trustee) made the original contact with Sarah Whitney, Long Tom Watershed Council (LTWC), who knew of a company offering volunteers to help.
  • John Etters (Wellsprings Trustee) and Abby Colehour from LTWC worked the day before the big work party marking trees to save, examples of trees to cut, etc. John, Abby, and Sarah all worked the whole next day, as well.
  • The 61 (yes 61!) volunteers who worked hard all day long clearing, cutting, and hauling. This was hard work!
  • The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Wellsprings volunteers and donors, all of whom together made this exciting environmental project possible!


Before: Blackberries and invasive species everywhere!


Brush clearing


And more clearing!


And now you can see everywhere! Yippee!

Student Art

For Chanci’s art class these students chose a character to draw. The below drawings were done using charcoal on sketch paper.


“Muscle Man”, by Caleb Jenkins


“Beattlejuice”, by Zoa Robinson

Rocket Launching!
In Brad Goss’s “Science through Film” class, Brad wanted to stoke the students’ interest in science. What better way than through the combination of space exploration history and “hands-on” learning?

In 1957 the Soviet Union launched the first satellite into space which led to the United States’ race to land the first man on the moon which Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, along with the help of hundreds of others, accomplished in 1969. In Brad’s class, the students learned about how this space race impacted the development of the United States and the world in general. 

The students learned the basics of rocket design including aerodynamic problem-solving while building and then launching their own rocket!


Building of rockets
 


Launch Day!


Up, up, and away!






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December 20th
Annual Holiday Celebration
Hot cocoa bar and a special guest!

December 23rd - January 5th 
Winter Break

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Wellsprings Way Newsletter Group: Chris Meeker & Erika Leaf (Ben LM’s parents), Dawn Meckelson, Dennis Hoerner, Gen Schaack.

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