I didn’t think it would impact my life in such a powerful way but it did.

Dig In was incredible. When we started the dig in I didn’t think it would impact my life in such a powerful way but it did. I learned what importance nature had on everyone’s life. It really made me look forward to the dig in and I am always excited to get outside and start digging, pulling weeds or planting trees.

- Anonymous, Robert Gray Middle School

I like being out in nature and I’m out in the woods with my friends, helping the environment! It’s awesome!

I think Dig In was really fun and really good to do. I like being out in nature and I’m out in the woods with my friends, helping the environment! It’s awesome! By planting and pulling out ivy we’re making the whole revine nicer and better for the things that live there. I’m really glad we got to do Dig In.

— Anonymous, Robert Gray Middle School


 
Embrace your roots And the world will sprout

— Cedar, Robert Gray Middle School

 
 

“Shake out the dirt and do the plant dance!”

Students of all grades at Spring Mountain Elementary gather in the classroom as the final bell rings.  “Green Team afterschool” comes from the loudspeaker as the students gather and take their seats.  They eat a quick snack and change into their boots and raingear.  The students line up at the door and head out to their site, crossing the road is always an adventure as a policeman stops traffic and they head onto the trail.  Students run down the path, excitement in the air, racing to the stream.  As they arrive on site, they are quick to put on gloves and listen to the activity of the day.  Its planting day!  Students listen as they learn about native plants in Oregon.  Snowberry, salmonberry, Western Red Cedar and vine maple.  Why are these plants important?  “For the animals,” the students yell, “for the roots”, and “for shade”.   Students get in partners, grab and shovel and go on a search for a tree to be planted.  “I’ve found one” you hear students yell.  They work together to dig a hole, making sure it’s the right size for their plant.  “Shake out the dirt and do the plant dance!” is the next step as students fill in the hole and dance around the plant to make sure it will like its new home.  “Make sure you give it a name”...  Tree after tree is planted as students work together to remember all the steps.

— Spring Mountain Elementary School

 

I loved getting the opportunity to go out by the creek and be in the forest.

My Dig In experience was very fun and interesting. I loved getting the opportunity to go out by the creek and be in the forest. We did many activities with the creek and we did many activities with plants. In Dig In you get muddy and wet but it’s all fun. In some of the water activities you studied the bugs. When you’re not working with the water your planting with different species and learning about what’s invasive and what’s not. You get to rip ivy out of the ground and get rid of it. You get to chop holly bushes down with big pliers. Like I said, Dig In is a lot of fun.

— Elias and Max, Robert Gray Middle School

“Nature” a Poem

Nature you comin in all shapes and sizes
Your water runs swiftly
Your trees grow so tall
The ferns on the ground swish in the breeze
The creek whispers a tune
The moss on the rocks dip with dew
The slimy salamander smile at you
The fish zip through the currants
Oh nature how we love you

— Natalie, Spring Mountain Elementary