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Delridge Wetland and Stewardship Project

Creating an Outdoor Classroom

We are creating a strong connection with our local area schools. Our work with schools focuses on classroom visits to the site. Staff of DNDA and our contractors have gone into the classrooms and presented information on the project, the role of wetlands in the watershed and how water moves throughout the region. Outdoor Classroom Design has worked directly with teachers to develop Lesson Plans, developed activities for the site visits to expand upon classroom instruction, and together Outdoor Classroom Design and DNDA have supported specific projects with the students that have been unveiled at Project Based Learning Night at STEM.

Our Louisa Boren STEM students participate in and monitor different aspects of the Delridge Wetland Park’s ecological restoration. Each grade has a different curricular goal illustrating wetland function and recovery.

  • Our 3rd graders explore what conditions make a wetland and how plants and water interact to make a unique ecosystem.
  • Our 4th graders explore erosion and storm water dynamics on a watershed scale as they are relevant to salmon and the health of our wetland.
  • Our 5th graders monitor and interpret the progress of ecosystem restoration at the wetland, share this information with other students, community and future classes.

Examples of student work:

3rd Grade Infiltration Experiment
3rd Grade Infiltration Experiment
Topographic Model - Project Based Learning Night 2018
Topographic Model - Project Based Learning Night 2018
5th Grade Water Quality Monitoring
5th Grade Water Quality Monitoring
4th Grade Planting
4th Grade Planting
4th Grade Wetland Ethnobotany Activity
4th Grade Wetland Ethnobotany Activity
3rd Grade Art Activity
3rd Grade Art Activity

Our 5th graders at Louisa Boren STEM have been a part of rebuilding the Delridge Wetland Park for the past three years. Their research projects can be found here.

Follow the Delridge Wetland Park on Instagram to see how local students are using the Delridge Wetland Park as an outdoor classroom for hands-on environmental science lessons.