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The City of Portland, Oregon

Environmental Services

working for clean rivers

Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 613, Portland, OR 97204

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Field Trips

Watershed Investigations

Grades 1 – college 

Apply concepts and new skills gained in the classroom to a field study. Join us at a local stream, pond or natural area to investigate water and the nearby habitat. Field study activities may include: testing water quality, sampling for aquatic macroinvertebrates (water bugs), exploring wildlife, and identifying native and non-native plants. Activities depend on the season, site features, and curriculum goals. Transportation fund assistance may be available upon request. 

Our goal is to engage students in natural areas as close to their communities as possible. Talk to an educator about the best location for your field studies.

A student tests the level of dissolved oxygen from a water sample at Kelley Point Park.

Natural Area Restoration Projects

Grades (2-college)

Pair a field study activity with a natural area restoration project. Students take ownership over natural areas and parks and work alongside ecologists to remove invasive plants, plant native trees and shrubs and maintain past restoration sites. These opportunities are available through a strong partnership with Portland Parks and Recreation and local watershed councils.