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Schools Update: Rural Sustainability Program

Vernonia students work at the wetlands during a rent "Sustainability Day."

Vernonia students work at the wetlands during a rent “Sustainability Day.”

The Vernonia Rural Sustainability Program has been very active this school year, with each and every kindergarten through 12th grade student participating in some way. The program, supported by local timber companies, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), and the Upper Nehalem Watershed Council (UNWC) has completed native landscaping projects, wetland and riparian zone restoration, salmon restoration activities and trail building preparation throughout the 2012-13 school year.

Vernonia School District teachers spent two days prior to the start of the school year planning and developing these projects based on natural resources, sustainability and science curriculum. This work was supported by a grant from the Gray Family Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, and has translated into three separate, district-wide “Sustainability Days” where students are putting their classroom learning into action. Read More