Ecology Workshop: Streams of Western Oregon

06/16/2018 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM PT


Gutenberg College
1883 University Street
Eugene, OR 97403
United States of America


This day-long field class will explore a stream near your home. We will go up the McKenzie River to the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, a world-renowned stream research site. Students will learn about the fish and aquatic insects that inhabit the stream, how climate and geology affect the stream, and how the “digestive system” of the stream works. Space is limited.


Skills Acquired:

In this workshop, students will:

  1. Learn how the stream reflects the basin from which it drains.

  2. Learn to identify common aquatic insects and what roles they play in the stream.

  3. Learn the life-history of the western cutthroat trout (and see some!).

  4. Learn a framework to make predictions about the stream and its organisms.

  5. Learn how changes in the watershed affect aquatic life.



This workshop comes with a free Resource Packet for use in the field and for continued learning at home. Students should bring a lunch and water bottle for the day. Note about clothing: we will be outside all day—check the weather and dress accordingly! You may get wet. Bring a dry change of clothes and shoes.


Registration Costs:

  before June 1 June 1-June 16
Single Student $47 $57
Family $67 $77

Limited scholarships are available.


About the Instructor:

Gutenberg College tutor Thomas (Charley) Dewberry Dr. Charley Dewberry is a founder, tutor, and Academic Dean at Gutenberg College, as well as an award-winning restoration ecologist. Charley has worked for over forty years on watershed restoration and has received several awards including the 2016 “Restorationist of the Year” given by The Society of Ecological Restoration, Northwest. As part of the Siuslaw Partnership, Charley was awarded the Theiss Riverprize for the best international river restoration project in 2005. He has a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Science. As a philosopher, he has written two books: Saving Science: A Critique of Science and its Role in Salmon Recovery and Intelligent Discourse: Exposing the Fallacious Standoff between Evolution and Intelligent Design.

Charley and his wife, Susie, have two sons, and live in Florence, Oregon.

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