Science in Action (middle school)

A student identifies and counts balsamroot

Through Science in Action, Gorge Ecology staff creates field experiences for middle school science classes in Oregon and Washington.  Students at each school undertake field-based research and restoration projects in partnership with the US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Hood River Watershed Group, and other local government and non-government organizations.

These projects give students the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge they learn in the classroom to engage in meaningful “real-life” conservation science. Science in Action demands a high level of interaction between students and resource professionals to design and carry out their research and ensure that the research is both informative and useful. Students analyze the data and communicate the results to other students throughout the region and to partners on the project. To learn more about Science in Action email us at info(at)gorgeecology(dot)org

Past projects have included:

After projects are complete, select students are invited to attend a Science in Action conference at the Oregon Zoo. There, students present their findings to their peers and to conservation staff from the zoo.  It is a highlight of the program and rewards the students for their hard work!
If you are a teacher who has successfully hosted Science in Action, please fill out this survey after Science in Action commences to help us improve our program experience for future students.  Thank you!