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Effort begins to restore the headwaters of Newell Creek and preserve the nature and beauty of the Environmental Learning Center

In an effort to restore the headwaters of Newell Creek and preserve the nature and beauty of the Environmental Learning Center, Clackamas Community College is launching a project that will reclaim and sustain the site.

CCC - Environmental Learning CenterThe ELC is located on CCC's Oregon City campus. Newell Creek bubbles to life here, eventually making its way to the Willamette River through the 1,800-acre Newell Creek watershed, the largest intact greenspace in the South Metro area. It is a special place for children, families and adults to explore the outdoors and learn about watersheds through hands-on activities and environmental education.

To celebrate the start of the project, CCC is hosting a ceremony and restoration kickoff from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 18, in ELC's Lakeside Hall and the Pavilion.

Thanks to a Metro Nature in Neighborhoods grant, community members and the college, the ELC will undergo a major restoration this summer and fall. The 5-acre site will be rebuilt into a regionally significant outdoor learning laboratory that will showcase innovations in stormwater management, landscape design and sustainable living.

The restoration also includes an amphitheater, building improvements, parking lot renovations, native plant restoration, walking trail adjustments and other work. Restoration is to be completed by 2018.

ELC's restoration kickoff will include guest speakers and will feature a blessing by the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. After the ceremony, students will lead site tours. Refreshments will be provided.

For more about the ELC, visit clackamas.edu/Environmental_Learning_Center. To learn about the event, contact Shelly Parini at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-594-3015. ELC Sustainability Endowment donation opportunities are still available. Visit give.clackamas.edu/ELCsustainability.

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