Oregon teachers tour Bonneville Lock and Dam for professional development

Oregon teachers toured Bonneville Lock and Dam Oct. 9 as part of a in-service day to learn about the Corps’ missions and how to  include a field trip to Bonneville Lock and Dam in their classroom curriculum. (Corps of Engineers photo)
Several Oregon teachers toured Bonneville Lock and Dam Oct. 9 as part of a professional improvement in-service day to learn about the Corps’ missions and how they can include a field trip to Bonneville Lock and Dam as part of their classroom curriculum.

Oregon teachers toured Bonneville Lock and Dam Oct. 9 as part of a in-service day to learn about the Corps’ missions and how to  include a field trip to Bonneville Lock and Dam in their classroom curriculum.(Corps of Engineers photo)

Oregon teachers toured Bonneville Lock and Dam Oct. 9 as part of a in-service day to learn about the Corps’ missions and how to include a field trip to Bonneville Lock and Dam in their classroom curriculum.(Corps of Engineers photo)

Bonneville rangers Ryan Braaten and Jess Jones hosted the day-long event, which included a number of hands-on educational demonstrations about the Corps’ missions: hydropower, navigation and natural and cultural resource management. Afterwards ranger Jesse Brownlee led participants on an environmental and cultural hike through the historic Fort Cascades trail, where they learned how the land and natural resources have been used through time.

At day’s end, ranger Forest Eidbo reminded the teachers about Every Kid in a Park, a national program which offers a free annual ‘parks pass’ to 4th graders across America. The program encourages students to enjoy our public lands and become good stewards for their environment.

Opportunities like the in-service days allows our rangers to develop long-term relationships with members of the education community and to help teachers create unique learning experiences for students across the state.