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Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership program helps Clark County students learn about, experience outdoors

Fourth-graders plant native trees and shrubs along Burnt Bridge Creek Greenway

By Shari Phiel, Columbian staff writer
Published: February 22, 2024, 6:07am
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Sarah J. Anderson Elementary School fourth-graders Alexis Lopez, left, and Angel Murrillo Martinez dig a hole for a sapling while Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership environmental educator James Sterrett, center, supervises Wednesday at Burnt Bridge Creek. Clark County recently agreed to a $175,000 contract to extend the Experience Vancouver Lake program hosted by Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, part of a suite of outdoor educational opportunities offered by the nonprofit.
Sarah J. Anderson Elementary School fourth-graders Alexis Lopez, left, and Angel Murrillo Martinez dig a hole for a sapling while Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership environmental educator James Sterrett, center, supervises Wednesday at Burnt Bridge Creek. Clark County recently agreed to a $175,000 contract to extend the Experience Vancouver Lake program hosted by Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, part of a suite of outdoor educational opportunities offered by the nonprofit. (Photos by Taylor Balkom/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

What is it like to bring 65 fourth-grade students on a field trip to the great outdoors?

“It’s organized chaos,” said Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky, public and legislative affairs manager for Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership.

Less than 30 minutes later, those 65 students were deeply engrossed in planting native trees and shrubs along the Burnt Bridge Creek Greenway, carefully digging out and setting aside worms and centipedes, and learning how their plantings will make the creek better for returning salmon.

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