Resources

 

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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Stewardship Resources 
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!

Connect with parks all over WA state to learn how to protect them through fun activities!

Leave the world better than you found it! We follow these guidelines and you can too.

Learn to identify and protect birds in your area with the code ColumbiaSpringsYoungBirder.

 

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.

Bug Out!

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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Columbia Springs strives to offer a unique setting and educational experiences that foster a greater awareness of the natural world and inspire stewardship.

 

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Up-Cycling

We use old yogurt containers and old newspapers to make planters. This activity allows kids to grow microgreens in our recycled containers with our "homemade" onsite compost.