We want to help you understand and steward the natural world! Here are some examples of what we do and some tools that you can use at home.
Here's what Columbia Springs does to be green:
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We build strong watersheds that in turn help us build strong and resilient communities. Help build your community today!
Healthy watersheds provide more ecosystem services to our communities; ecosystem services include providing clean water and air, regulating localized climates, increasing resilience to disturbances like fires, floods, and windstorms, and cycle nutrients needed for food crops and animals.
You can be an environmental steward in your own backyard by planting trees, removing invasive species and putting up bird feeders or bat houses.
The American Psychological Association supports the findings of the positive impacts nature has on our attitudes, development, mental disorders, etc., saying, "Increasing evidence demonstrates the many benefits of nature on psychological and physical well-being, including reduced stress, greater physical health, more creativity, and improved concentration."
"Outdoor activities can help alleviate symptoms of Alzheimers, dementia, stress, and depression, and can improve cognitive function in those recently diagnosed with breast cancer." - University of Washington College of the Environment
Sign up for a Stewardship Saturday event to help us protect and restore the natural area at Columbia Springs!
Science and Nature Learning at Home
Short blurb about the importance of learning about science and nature and some quick tips for less experienced educator parents such as the problem solving experience is more important than correct answers - how can you encourage that.
Video by our Educator Megan Wadleigh
Learn to play this bug scavenger hunt in your backyard, local park or anywhere there is some green space.
Use our bug scavenger hunt to help your journey along the way.
Some Tips and Tricks for making this fun and educational or resources on bug identification and learning more.
Meet a Tree
Video by our Educator Shelly Skolfield
Do you think you could recognize a tree without using your sense of sight? Play this game to find out!
Want more tree fun? Check out this website that has all sorts of tree-related activities for you to try out.
Add some tips for the exercise (safety measures?). Any other resources? Maybe something about identifying types of trees?
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