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Explained: History of Silver Falls

Silver Falls City HomesteadIf you’re a fan of history like I am and want to explore some of the famous characters in Silver Falls’ fascinating story, check out this timeline and Civilian Conservation Corps brochure.

Silver Falls History_Draft July 2011

CCC Interpretive Brochure


Explore: Adopt-a-Rock Activity for Kids!

Many of us collected rocks as kids.  And some of us still do.  I know I hauled thirty pounds of them across the United States when I moved to Oregon six years ago.  Some of my favorite rocks are on display throughout my house.  Each one brings me back to a special place and time.

This activity is designed to facilitate that passion for rocks in children while incorporating a basic geology lesson.  It could work well as part of an earth studies unit or an art or writing lesson.  A wonderful book to use as an introduction is Everybody Needs a Rock by Byrd Baylor.  Just remember that all rocks found at Silver Falls must stay at Silver Falls for others to enjoy!

Adopt-A-Rock Geology Activity

Geology Brochure

Explore: Nature Writing Lessons for Educators

Want to take your students outdoors and still complete that language arts lesson?  Make a nature journal, grab this guide, and go!

 Included in this handy little booklet are twenty-four activities to help students engage in observation, description, and writing through first-hand interaction with the natural world.  The first section focuses on development of the senses and can be pulled out and used any time of the year.  These activities are appropriate for all ages.  The second section is geared more towards the writing craft and builds upon itself.  These activities are appropriate for later elementary, middle, and secondary students.

 Hopefully, these activities inspire you and your students to take the classroom outside.  Enjoy your time, and don’t forget your rain jacket! 

“Developing Creative Language Skills Through Nature Observation” Activity Book

Explore: Silver Falls Scavenger Hunt for Kids!

Discover the natural wonders of the South Falls Day Use Area with this self-guided search for plants, critters, trivia, and more.   Great for school field trips, scouts, birthday parties, and friendly family competitions!

Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt Instructions

Explore: Leaf Rubbing Activity for Kids!

Plants of all shapes and sizes keep the temperate rainforest of Silver Falls green.  Identify some of the most common ones in this self-guided leaf rubbing activity!

Leaf Rubbing Activity

Leaf Rubbings Instructions

Although the activity books contain sketches, photos can be helpful for adults working with children.  A plant key for this activity is provided below.

Key for Leaf Rubbing Books

Explore: Animal Tracking Activity for Kids!

From the track of a cat, to the scat of a bear, wildlife signs are everywhere!  Want to see for yourself?  Download this self-guided tracking activity.

Tracking Scavenger Hunt

Tracking Hunt Instructions

Explore: Bird Search Activity for Kids!

Looking for something educational to do with children at Silver Falls State Park?  Download this self-guided “Bird Search”!

Bird Search Activity

Bird Search Instructions

Birds of Silver Falls State Park