We are shifting how we take care of Oregon.
While we can’t be physically together during this time, we can still do our part to keep our communities and natural world healthy and clean. Engage in your own litter clean up around your neighborhood or spend time outside in your own yard looking for and removing invasive plant species. Now, more than ever, time spent safely outside can be so good for you!
Go on a virtual tour of Oregon while staying home.
Join us, as we travel through Oregon on the interactive map below, caring for our state along the way.
Go from the southern Oregon redwoods, up through the Cascades, past the high and dry desert and into the Wallowas. Take stops along the way – the yellow dots are your landing spots. Click on a dot to find out what the SOLVE activity is for that destination. Complete the SOLVE activity before you move on to the next dot in your journey.
Enter our weekly photo contest by snapping a picture of you doing one of the week's DIY activities! Use #solvethistogether to enter. Each Friday, a winner will be selected and featured on SOLVE's social media - plus they will win a prize!
We may be apart, but we are still together, in taking care of Oregon.
Start your journey by clicking on the yellow dots on the map!
We’ve compiled a list of learning opportunities that may be of interest to you. Most of these opportunities are for high school level and above and cover a variety of environmental topics. Use this downtime to teach yourself something new. Let’s do it!
https://www.edx.org/ - Edx offers a multitude of classes from some of the world's top universities. Enrolling into a class is free, although you will have to make an account with the website. Options to accredit your online class are available too.
https://www.futurelearn.com/subjects/nature-and-environment-courses - Similar to Edx, FutureLearn connects users to hundreds of online learning opportunities. Classes are free, but you will have to register on the site.
http://conservationwebinars.net/ Conservation is an ever-changing subject, so to keep the science community up to speed, the USDA created a free webinar portal as a part of their Science and Technology Training Library. Webinars vary from being “live” to on-demand.
http://www.forestrywebinars.net/webinars - Brought to you by the National Center for Sustainable Resources.
https://extension.oregonstate.edu/union/events/forests-northern-blues-basic-forestry-webinar-series – A six-part series on basic forestry, brought to you by Oregon State’s Extension Services. The webinars come weekly and are already underway! Click to catch the second half of the class.
https://extension.oregonstate.edu/mg/linn-benton/events/webinar-what-can-leaf-bud-tell-us-about-environmental-change – A 60-minute webinar perfect for this time of year: What can a leaf bud tell us about environmental change?
A focus on Plastic Pollution:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggh0Ptk3VGE – Plastics 101. SOLVE is committed to cleaning our communities and natural landscapes, including Oregon’s beaches, from plastic pollution and other litter. Take a moment to watch National Geographic’s Plastic: 101 video to get acquainted with this material.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uP9Tcf0CaV0 – Learn more about where your trash goes in this short video about modern landfill management.
For the kids.
Make screen time more valuable! Use this list below to access online resources to keep your child engaged in science and the natural world from home. Do a quick Google search and you’ll find many resources available. Below are just a few that we found particularly interesting.
https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html – Kudos to Scholastic for being extremely versatile and opening up their online platform to learning opportunities for kids of all ages!
https://rangerrick.org/stuck-indoors/ - Join Ranger Rick on journeys throughout the natural world! The Wildlife Federation is making all Ranger Rick website activities and online magazines free for the next few months.
http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/gamesactivities.html – An all-encompassing science activities site from New Zealand.
https://pbskids.org/games/science/ - Interactive science-based games from PBS.
https://www.khanacademy.org/ - Khan Academy is stepping up their game, making their online resources more available than ever before. They have also created a learning schedule, that students can log into and experience real-time instruction, to provide some structure to your child's day at home.
https://citynaturechallenge.org/ - Become a citizen scientist between April 24 - April 27 and help document the biodiversity in your neighborhood. This is a global effort.
Let us know.
Do you have additional resources, for adults and kids, that you’d like to share with us? Or, would you like to learn more about a subject not currently covered? Send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org. This webpage is constantly evolving, and we’d love to have your input!
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