Fall 2017
Forest Essays: Grades 4-5 now available in Spanish
This illustrated collection of essays written in Spanish and English addresses topics related to Oregon's forests, including wildlife, forestry and tree biology. The one-page essays were written by a natural resources specialist and then reviewed by teachers for content and readability and by scientists for accuracy. Each essay includes reading comprehension questions. 

Order or download a classroom set at LearnForests.org

Career videos now on DVD

The full collection of videos in OFRI's Find Your Path series profiling people who work in the forest sector is now available on DVD. 

The new Find Your Path DVD contains 16 short videos highlighting what a day on the job is like and what kind of education and experiences are needed for a variety of forest-related careers. These include field forester, forest engineer, firefighter, logger, mill operator and wildlife biologist. The videos run about two minutes each and are aimed to generate interest among middle- and high-school students in forest sector careers.

Order a copy at LearnForests.org

Coastal Learning Symposium 2017: "Focus on the Ecosystem"

The Coastal Learning Symposium is an annual professional development opportunity for educators that will take place this year on Oct. 13 in Newport.
The goal of this conference is to give educators content, activities and resources to engage students in learning about the ocean and coast. Workshops will provide content knowledge and lesson ideas from both scientists and educators for major coastal habitats, including estuaries, tide pools, rivers and forests.
Registration includes access to more than 20 different workshops and field trips. Lunch, light refreshments and special behind-the-scenes experiences at Oregon Coast Aquarium will also be provided.
To register, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-coastal-learning-symposium-tickets-37554263814

Resources to teach about fire

Fire is in the news now, with hundreds of thousands of acres of wildfires burning in Oregon. Use these OFRI resources to help your students learn about different aspects of forest fire:
  • Forest Fact Break: Fire - A short animated video on fire safety (grades 3-12)
  • "Forest Fact Sheet: Fire" - A descriptive, one-page information sheet on the topic of forest fire (grades 6-12)
  • State of Fire - A 16-page report that examines the state of fire suppression, prevention and management in Oregon, and describes various efforts to find the way forward (grades 9-12)
Order them all at LearnForests.org

Upcoming workshops
Nature Connections for Young Learners

Date: Friday, Oct. 6
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Audience: Educators and non-formal educators, pre-K to 2nd grade
Curriculum and resources: Project Learning Tree's Environmental Experiences guide and Project WILD's Growing Up WILD guide
Location: Four Rivers Cultural Center, Ontario
Description: In this early childhood education workshop, educators will learn ways to engage children's sense of wonder about nature and invite them to explore their environment and the world around them. Educators will delve into activities from the Project Learning Tree and WILD guides. Participants who attend the full workshop will receive free curriculum and activity guides.
This hands-on workshop is offered to Oregon educators at no cost AND substitute reimbursement is available.
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Counting on Wetlands

Date: Friday, Oct. 13
Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Audience: Educators and non-formal educators, grades 3-12
Curriculum and Resources: Project WILD's Flying WILD guide
Location: Upper Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, Klamath Falls, Oregon
Description: During this workshop, educators will explore birds, wetlands and MATH by canoe. Teachers will also learn techniques for teaching about the value of discovery, inquiry and wetlands. Participants who attend the full workshop will receive valuable curriculum and resources. Dress to be outdoors and on the water. Be prepared for cooler temperatures.
This hands-on workshop is offered to Oregon educators at no cost AND substitute reimbursement is available.
Registration: http://onrep.forestry.oregonstate.edu/workshops

In This Issue



The Oregon Legislature created the Oregon Forest Resources Institute in 1991 to advance public understanding of how forest stewardship meets the social, environmental and economic needs of both present and future generations. OFRI works closely with the scientific, academic and educational communities at Oregon State University, the Oregon Department of Forestry and other agencies to ensure its K-12 resources are accurate and objective.

For more information about OFRI's educational programs, contact:

Norie Dimeo-Ediger
Director of K-12 Education Programs

Julie Woodward
Senior Manager, Forestry Education 

Rikki Heath
Environmental Educator

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