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OSTA Conference: SPLASH!

On Friday, October 11th, WREN's Environmental Education Specialist Annie Carter attended the 2019 Oregon Science Teachers Association Conference at Lane Community College. This event brought together teachers from around the state to share lessons and ideas and discuss ways to better integrate innovative teaching standards into the classroom. Annie led a session at the conference about SPLASH!,...

National Public Lands Day 2019

Saturday, September 28th9:00-12:00 p.m.West Eugene Wetlands Project Office; 751 S. Danebo Ave.FREE National Public Lands day aims to get people connected with the public lands in their community and is the largest single-day volunteer effort in the nation. This year, WREN is partnering with the BLM to highlight the resilience of public lands.   Bring your family, friends, students, and...

Family Exploration Day 2019

Saturday, September 14th10:00am-2:00 p.m.West Eugene Wetlands Project Office; 751 S. Danebo Ave.FREE In celebration of our partnership with the BLM and the Every Kid Outdoors program, WREN will be hosting a very special FREE Family Exploration Day focused on engaging kids and their families in recreation and stewardship of our public lands.WREN experts will be leading short, interpretive walks...

August Wetland Wander

Thank you to Abby Colehour (in red) from the Long Tom Watershed Council for leading a lovely Wetland Wander at Coyote Creek South!  This wet prairie restoration site is now home to streaked horn larks, a federally listed threatened species, and will hopefully provide critical habitat for endangered red-legged frogs too. Abby toured us around the site and described the construction and seeding...

Thank you for learning with WREN!

In the 2018/19 school year, WREN has reached 2,300 learners with NGSS supported curriculum! Thank you all for learning with WREN! We look forward to having you join us for our Family Exploration Days Summer programming. 10-2 p.m. Saturday, July 13th Golden GardensSaturday, August 10th Meadowlark PrairieSaturday, September 10th Tsanchiifin Trail

Welcome Annie!

Welcome Annie, our new Americorps Intern! Annie grew up in Cleveland, where she developed an interest in wildlife conservation and sharing her passion for the natural world with others while volunteering at the Cleveland Natural History Museum. She double majored in Biopsychology and Environmental Studies at Tufts University and gained more environmental education experience through summer...

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our City Nature Challenge Bioblitz event! From April 26-29th, Eugene/Springfield competed against 149 other cities world-wide recording flora and fauna observations using the iNaturalist app. We rocked the weekend with a total of 2,400 nature observations!For a more detailed look at what we discovered, visit our iNaturalist webpage...

Vernal Pools!

O'Hara Catholic School 2nd graders discovered many wonders in the West Eugene Wetlands' vernal pools, this week, including this salamander eft as well as Pacific Chorus frog tadpoles, Mayfly nymphs, and Caddisfly larvae. Many of the creatures that make their homes in the vernal pools can only live in the highest quality water. This kind of diversity is an excellent sign! There is still time to...