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Reading your Land's Capacity for Adaptation in a Changing Climate

Forestry Events - Mon, 11/14/2016 - 2:36pm
Monday, November 14, 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

This is the first of three talks on the impacts of, and adaptive strategies for climate change on southern Oregon forests. We will explore the changes that are predicted to occur in this area, how local professionals are updating their forest management strategies in light of these changes, and potential future adaptive strategies.

Please RSVP

Hopkins Community Forest Day

Forestry Events - Sat, 11/12/2016 - 2:36pm
Saturday, November 12, 2016 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Hopkins invites you for a WORK DAY, Lunch, and sometime in the Great Outdoors on Saturday, November 12th, 8:30am-2:30pm.  Join us for the WORK DAY at Hopkins Demonstration Forest 16750 South Brockway Road, Oregon City. http://www.demonstrationforest.org.

Projects and Events

·         Prepare for the Wet and Cold

We are going to start on some basics to prep the facilities and buildings for the coming wet and cold weather.

·         Parking Lot Maintenance

Address some erosion concerns to avoid potential problems down the road is the plan.

·         Graveling Trail in Native Plant Garden

Before we get too far into the wet season we are going to clean up and trails in the Native Plant Garden.


Lunch is provided @ 12:30pm

At 12:30, lunch will be provided in Hopkins Hall.

Let us know if you are coming

Please contact Jean at the Extension office to let us know you are coming at 503-655-8631 or jean.bremer@oregonstate.edu.  If you need more information contact: Peter Matzka, Hopkins Forest Educator at 503-884-6202 or peter.matzka@oregonstate.edu.

Pest Scene Investigator

Forestry Events - Thu, 11/10/2016 - 2:34pm
Thursday, November 10, 2016 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

For all woodland owners. Join us for a morning of learning from forest health experts about recent forest health issues in Clackamas County, such as western redcedar and Douglas-fir mortality, and how to manage these issues. Join us after the tour for lunch in Everett Hall to celebrate and share Master Woodland Manager activities and stories.
Dress for a day out in the woods. MWM’s can apply skills learned to their service.

Free but RSVP, space is limited.

Please see full details at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/clackamas/forestry


Portland | CPHHS Happy Hour

Health & Wellness Events - Thu, 11/10/2016 - 2:34pm
Thursday, November 10, 2016 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Get to know fellow alumni and friends of the College of Public Health and Human Sciences (CPHHS) at this casual happy hour. Find out the latest college news from Kathryn Stroppel, Director of Marketing and Communications, and Veronica Royce, College Alumni Relations Director. Need a new travel mug or tote bag? There will be drawings for cool swag to help you show off your college pride.

Appetizers are on us! No-host, cash bar is available.

Thursday, Nov. 10
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Portland Prime
121 SW 3rd Avenue
Portland, OR 97204


Pre-registration via our Facebook event is appreciated, but walkups are accepted.

Logs to Lumber to Living: A Cabin in the Woods

Forestry Events - Thu, 11/10/2016 - 2:34pm
Thursday, November 10, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

What’s better than woodland ownership? How about living there? Or at least the opportunity for a secluded weekend. Whether it’s pride of ownership, a primary residence or second home, utilization of resources, or resale value, building on your respective woodlands consists of a number of things you need to consider. Among those are: permits, material costs (portable mills versus big box stores), design features, amenities (water, septic, electricity), optional accessories (ponds, docks, decks, firepits …. make it your own), and access/liability (roads, gates, fire, safety features). We’ll also show you a start-to-finish cabin project that was recently completed, including information on materials, costs and added amenities. This is a new program offering by Steve Bowers, OSU Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Forester, so we hope to see you there!


Plant Propagation Class

Forestry Events - Thu, 11/10/2016 - 2:34pm
Thursday, November 10, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Would you like to learn how to propagate native plants for your forest or landscape? Native plants support the local wildlife habitat, and are low maintenance when planted in the proper place. If you have a natural area that needs to be restored, or are just interested in putting more natives into your home garden, farm or woodlot, then propagating your own can be very rewarding and save you money to boot!

Clackamas Community College’s fall term Plant Propagation class will emphasize native plants this year, and is designed to give you hands-on experience reproducing a variety of plants from seeds and cuttings. There is also an online component where you will get more of the background on how and why plants are propagated the way that they are.

The class is offered by the Horticulture Department at Clackamas Community College on the Oregon City campus Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm, September 29 - December 8, 2016, taught by Jen Gorski.

New edition of Confluence now available

Breaking Waves - Tue, 10/11/2016 - 11:50am

The fall/winter 2016 edition of Oregon Sea Grant’s semiannual newsletter, Confluence, is now available online. Articles you’ll find in this issue:

  • Guidelines help boaters enjoy watching whales without disturbing them;
  • University of Oregon study reveals why hypoxia hasn’t affected Coos Bay;
  • Simulator helps coastal residents prepare tsunami evacuation strategy;
  • Students get their feet wet in watershed science with StreamWebs;
  • Oregon Sea Grant helps prepare coastal kids for high-tech jobs; and
  • When human health affects environmental health.

You can download a free PDF here.

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New Sea Grant videos demonstrate how to use StreamWebs kits

Breaking Waves - Fri, 09/30/2016 - 8:56am

Two new videos from Oregon Sea Grant demonstrate how to collect and identify aquatic insects and test water quality using kits available from StreamWebs.

One of the videos, How to use StreamWebs’ macroinvertebrate kit, shows educators how to teach students to collect and identify aquatic insects using the macroinvertebrate kit and data sheets. The other, How to use StreamWebs’ LaMotte water quality kit, shows how to teach students to test water quality using a kit with equipment made by LaMotte.

The kits are among several that educators can borrow from StreamWebs, a program administered by Oregon Sea Grant. StreamWebs provides educators with field equipment, data sheets, lesson plans and training so they can teach students how to collect data about the health of waterways. It also provides an online database where students can enter and analyze the information they gathered.

Both videos were produced by Oregon Sea Grant’s Renee O’Neill and Vanessa Cholewczynski and shot and edited by Cholewczynski. Special thanks to Angela Clegg with the South Santiam Watershed Council; students from Foster Elementary School in Sweet Home, Oregon; Grayson Johnston; and Zethan Brandenburger.

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Food Science Camp 2013 and Erik Fooladi

Bringing Food Chemistry to Life - Fri, 07/19/2013 - 12:44pm

We participate in the Oregon State U Food Science Camp for middle school students.

Part of the STEM [science technology engineering math] Academies@OSU Camps.

We teach about bread fermentations, yeast converting sugars to CO2 and ethanol, lactobacillus converting sugar to lactic and acetic acids, how the gluten in wheat can form films to trap the gas and  allow the dough to rise. On the way we teach about flour composition, bread ingredients and their chemical functionalities, hydration, the relationships between enzymes and substrates [amylases on starch to produce maltose for the fermentation organisms]; gluten development, the gas laws and CO2′s declining solubility in the aqueous phase during baking which expands the gas bubbles and leads to the oven spring at the beginning of baking; and the effect of pH on Maillard browning using soft pretzels that they get to shape themselves..

All this is illustrated by hands on [in] activities: they experience the hydration and the increasing cohesiveness of the dough as they mix it with their own hands, they see their own hand mixed dough taken through to well-risen bread. They get to experience dough/gluten development in a different context with the pasta extruder, and more and more.

A great way to introduce kids to the relevance of science to their day to day lives: in our case chemistry physics biochemistry and biology in cereal food processing.

We were also fortunate to have Erik Fooladi from Volda University College in Norway to observe the fun: http://www.fooducation.org/

If you have not read his blog and you like what we do here: you should!


endless pasta


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Good Cheese, Bad Cheese

Bringing Food Chemistry to Life - Wed, 07/10/2013 - 12:25pm

pH, colloidal calcium phosphate, aging, proteolysis, emulsification or its loss and their interactions lead to optimum melting qualities for cheeses. A module in this year’s food systems chemistry class.

This module was informed by this beautiful article “The beauty of milk at high magnification“ by Miloslav Kalab, which is available on the Royal Microscopical Society website.


Of course accompanied by real sourdough wholegrain bread baked in out own research bakery.

Inspired by…

“The Science of a Grilled Cheese Sandwich.”

by: Jennifer Kimmel

in: The Kitchen as Laboratory: Reflections on the Science of Food and Cooking

Edited by Cesar Vega, Job Ubbink, and Erik van der Linden


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February 2011- Nutrition Education Volunteers taking “vacation”

Family Food Educators of Central Oregon - Tue, 02/01/2011 - 8:24am

I’m back from maternity leave and getting resettled into some new responsibilities.  We had a staff member leave us, so Glenda and I are having to pick up the work load until we find someone new, or our responsibilites change.  Being a new mom is lots of work too, so I’ve gone part time (24 hours aweek) but am still trying to get everything done… that being said, we’ve decided to put our nutrition education volunteering on hold, until I have a managable workload.

We look forward to being able to start things back up in the summer or fall of 2011.  Thanks so much and since a few of you have been asking, here’s a photo of our boy.  He is 5 months old today!

Bundled out in the cold!

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