People in canoes on river.
Beaver ecology from a canoe.

Newton Creek Spring Stewardship Field Day was an annual education program held each spring. It was based upon principles of place-based, experiential learning to foster student understand of the natural world. It began as a collaboration between Philomath High School and Middle School, the Marys River Watershed Council, and The Freshwater Trust. Philomath High students served as peer teachers, engaging middle school students from Philomath and visiting schools at a series of stations looping through Newton Creek wetlands — wildlife, ethnobotany, invasive plant control, wilderness survival, log scaling and beaver ecology from the seat of a canoe!

Funders include Oregon Community Foundation, Gray Family Foundation, Trust Management Services, Willamette Habitat Restoration Fund, Starker Forests, and generous individual donors.