Science in Action Volunteers

A volunteer leads a group of students to a field trip site

Volunteers are Amazing!!

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Science in Action!  One of the goals of Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute is to work with students in small groups (3 – 5 for middle school students), even on field trips.  To do this, we need lots of field trip leaders.  As a Science in Action field trip leader, you will be expected guide the students through the data collection protocol.  Don’t panic; we will train you before turning you over to the students.

Field trips fall into three categories:

  • Restoration — Students will examine vegetation within a habitat, tally the number of different species of plants, and determine what percentage is native.  Students will then remove invasive plants and replace them with native plants.
  • Phenology — Students will study plants throughout the spring and record the life stage of several different plants.  This is the first trip in a longer study that tracks changes in seasons, plants, and global climate change.
  • Bioblitz — Students use field guides to identify all the species within an area (plant, bird, invertebrate, etc), compile a list, and return year after year to track changes.


Please contact us at info(at)gorgeecology(dot)org to sign up for a field trip!