Special Projects


Glaciers and Icefields


Projects related to glacier monitoring and education programs


Glacier Monitoring in Washington State


This collection of VFEs was designed to acquaint park visitors, the general public, and students with the glaciers in Washington parks, and to acquaint them with the research taking place on these glaciers. Additional information about the NPS monitoring program in Washington can be found at Glacier Monitoring Program - North Cascades National Park and Glaciers - Mt. Rainier National Park


JIRP 2014 (Juneau Icefield Research Program)


This collection of VFEs provides students and the general public with a glimpse of the 2014 expedition of JIRP. The Juneau Icefield Research Program is an expeditionary glacier education program that has been introducing undergraduate to glacier science and landscapes for nearly sixty years.  More information about the program can be found at the program website.


In addition to being an outreach and participant orientation tool for the program, it is also designed to give high school and undergraduate students an introduction to glacier research through a series of embedded virtual fieldwork activities.  As seen in the listing below VFEs for the 2014 expedition were constructed by both JIRP staff and students.



Sustainable development and habitat restoration


One of the goals of geoscience education is to introduce students to how we humans interact with earth systems and how we manage them to insure their viability for future generations.  To that end the following are a list of projects dedicated to showcasing examples of sustainable development and habitat restoration here in the Portland area and other places in in the world.


  • Cully Grove - A "green" community in northeast Portland, OR
  • Dharma Rain Zen Center - A religious center, co-housing project, community garden, and park built on 14 acres of a brown field site in Northeast Portland, OR.
  • East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District - A soil and water conservation demonstration center in North Portland, OR
  • Johnson Creek Watershed - A largely urban watershed in Southeast Portland and Gresham, OR. with one of the most active watershed councils in the state of Oregon.
  • Tryon Creek Watershed - A small watershed in Southwest Portland and Lake Oswego, OR .
  • Wildpoldsried - One of Germany's numerous Energiedorfs.  This Village produces annually between 5 and 7 times its electric energy needs from a combination of wind, solar, biomass, and small scale hydropower.
  • Zenger Farm - A working urban farm and environmental education center in Southeast Portland, OR.