Canopy Connections Video wins a Northwest Regional Emmy
The Canopy Connections video won a Northwest Regional Emmy for best Photography/Editing. The link to the video is
Congratulations to Quinn Moticka and Sreang C Hok who were primary editors and did all of the camera work.
Canopy Connections is an experiential learning program at the Andrews Forest for Oregon middle school classes developed by three partner institutions: University of Oregon Environmental Leadership Program, The Pacific Tree Climbing Institute, and the US Forest Service PNW Station. The Pacific Northwest is home to some magnificent old-growth forests. Unfortunately, many local children have never had the opportunity to explore this enchanting ecosystem first-hand. In response, the Canopy Connections Team develops a unique fieldtrip experience-one that gives middle-school students an opportunity to climb into the canopy of an old-growth forest. The mission is to inspire a sense of wonder and respect for our natural world through a curriculum that integrates science, art, creative writing. Not only does the program enrich the curriculum for regional K-12 schools, the program provides excellent training in ecology and science education for a cohort of 9 undergraduate and graduate Environmental Science students each year.
Since the first full season of the program in 2009, 450 students have participated in the program. Recruitment of classes prioritizes schools with a high proportion students receiving free and reduced lunch. Although funded by private donations, foundations and the USFS More-Kids-in-the-Woods program, Canopy Connections leverages the investment in LTER research as an effective mechanism for communicating ecological insights to beginning science students.