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This publication is a colorful, illustrated booklet that gives the basics of Oregon forests including the common forest types like Douglas-fir and juniper woodlands, wildlife, ownership and management practices, laws, salmon protection, fire risks, wood processing and uses, and careers.

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After studying fish and their lifecycles in Oregon’s Interior Valleys (chapter 7) in the Get Oregonized text, rubber fish replicas allow students to create beautiful Gyotaku (fish prints).

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Packet comes with many activities and lessons suitable for all grade levels.

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The Tree Farmer

Chuck Leavell

A Grandson confronts his Grandfather, a tree farmer, about how he can grow trees with so much love and care, only to cut them down. But as they walk together through the trees, they discover the majesty of the forest and enjoy the life journey of each tree. The Tree Farmer takes young readers on a magical journey through the forest, in a tale of the gifts of trees and our responsibility to care for trees, generation to generation. The companion book to The Gift of Trees lesson plan and The Gift of Trees Kit. Please check the kit out separately from the book.

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Compost Stew

Mary McKenna Siddals

Kids everywhere can help the environment! Not only is composting becoming more common in households and residential gardens, but many school gardens feature compost piles, too. But how do you start a compost pile? What’s safe to include? Perfect for an Earth Day focus or year-round reference, this inviting book provides all the answers for kids and families looking for simple, child-friendly ways to help the planet.

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“Sometimes bees can be a bit rude.
They fly in your face and prance on your food.”

And yet… without bees, we might not have strawberries for shortcakes or avocados for tacos!

Shabazz Larkin’s The Thing About Bees is a Norman Rockwell-inspired Sunday in the park, a love poem from a father to his two sons, and a tribute to the bees that pollinate the foods we love to eat.

Children are introduced to different kinds of bees, “how not to get stung,” and how the things we fear are often things we don’t fully understand.

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Our School Garden

Rick Swann

New city. New school. Michael is feeling all alone—until he discovers the school garden! There’s so many ways to learn, and so much work to do. Taste a leaf? Mmm, nice and tangy hot. Dig for bugs? “Roly-poly!” he yells. But the garden is much more than activities outdoors: making school garden stone soup, writing Found Poems and solving garden riddles, getting involved in community projects such as Harvest Day, food bank donations, and spring plant sales. Each season creates a new way to learn, explore and make friends.

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One Plastic Bag

Isatou Ceesay and The Recycling Women of Gambia

The inspiring true story of how one African women began a movement to recycle the plastic bags that were polluting her community.

Plastic bags are cheap and easy to use. But what happens when a bag breaks or is no longer needed? In Njau, Gambia, people simply dropped the bags and went on their way. One plastic bag become two. Then ten. Then a hundred.

The bags accumulated in ugly heaps alongside roads. Water pooled in them, bringing mosquitoes and disease. Some bags were burned, leaving behind a terrible smell. Some were buried, but they strangled gardens. They killed livestock that tried to eat them. Something had to change.

Isatou Ceesay was that change. She found a way to recycle the bags and transform her community. This inspirational true story shows how one person’s actions really can make a difference in our world.

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Ecology Field Cards-Set 1, Douglas-fir Forests

Oregon State University Extension

Discover what lives around you! Created for Willamette Valley habitats, explore local plants insects, wildlife, and more! Each set comes with an Educator’s Guide which includes educational activities for students. 1 teacher guide comes with a set of cards. This item needs to be returned. 

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Inside Oregon’s Forests

Oregon Forest Resource Institute

This book contains many lesson plans about forestry for high school students, including lessons on ecology and wildlife.

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