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Hundreds attend Outdoor School funding rally

Timber Joey, the Portland soccer team’s mascot, and about 350 of his friends kicked off a statewide signature-gathering campaign for an Oregon initiative aimed at permanently funding Outdoor School.

"Outdoor School had a big influence on me," said Timber Joey (Joey Webber), in a news release. "From building lifelong friendships and teaching respect for the environment, to giving kids the confidence to get outside their comfort zone, Outdoor School is an incredibly valuable experience."

Outdoor School for All will have to gather 125,000 signatures by July to get its $22 million plan on the ballot. If voters then approve it, the money from the Oregon Lottery could start flowing in 2017.

Learn more and sign up to gather petition signatures at

A geology quest for local kids, by local kids

A group of Portland elementary school students have created a geological “quest” that will live indefinitely at the Wells Fargo Museum in downtown Portland.

Southwest Charter School fourth and fifth graders created the educational scavenger hunt through southwest and downtown Portland with the help of the Geological Society of the Oregon Country. They will present it to the musuem on Wednesday, March 2 at 1 p.m.

The kids’ Geology Quest will be shared with the public as a way for elementary schoolers and their parents to go on self-led tours. The map, a series of clues and drawings of downtown locations, such as the Apple Store, Pioneer Place Mall and the KOIN building, shows participants how to identify the rocks and ancient fossils that can be found along the way.

The quest ends in the Wells Fargo Museum, 900 S.W. 5th Ave., at a hidden treasure box containing a handmade stamp, a sign-in book and a set of cards offering additional information about geological features seen on the walk.

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