Winter 2016
Workshops offered on teaching about natural resources

Four free teacher workshops this winter will discuss innovative ways to teach about natural resources. Using Project Learning Tree and Project WILD as the basis for learning, these hands-on workshops offer lessons and projects that will bring science and natural-resources education to life for your students. The workshops are provided through Oregon State University's Oregon Natural Resource Education Program , and include reimbursement for substitute teachers.

January 21 and 28 (plus one follow-up evening): Early Childhood Inquiry

Spend time engaging in hands-on, interdisciplinary activities, networking with colleagues and learning about the wealth of community resources for exploring the natural world with young children. Participants will take home "Growing Up Wild" and Project Learning Tree's "Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood" curriculum. Post-training coaching will be provided to all participating educators, to assist with facilitating field experiences. Graduate credits and PDUs are available for pre-K educators. This program is offered at Skyliners Lodge in Bend, by The Children's Forest of Central Oregon. Register in advance, as trainings do fill up quickly.

February 3 : Early Childhood Nature Explorations

Develop skills and activity ideas to help children explore their environment. Get hands-on experience with Project Wild and Project Learning Tree activities for early learners. Participants will receive the "Growing up Wild" and "Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood" curriculum guides. For pre-K through second-grade educators; held at the Old Riverside School in Klamath Falls.

February 24: Sense Your WILD Surroundings

L earn how to incorporate natural sciences and multi-sensory activities into early learner curriculum, in both classroom settings and field experiences. The focus will be on teaching that addresses multiple learning styles. For pre-K through second-grade teachers; held at the Tryon Creek State Natural Area in Portland.

March 2: Making Connections: Curriculum to Classroom

Learn more about the statewide plans for moving natural-resource education forward, and how to incorporate lessons from Project Learning Tree and Flying WILD into your classroom or program to support these efforts. For third- through fifth-grade educators; held at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge in Tualatin.

Career exploration: Materials and ideas
If you'd like to introduce your students to some new career ideas, combine OFRI's Find Your Path career video series with an activity from the Into the Forest teacher's guide.

The videos series include a look at careers as a forest hydrologist, wildland firefighter, electrician, seedling nursery manager, recreation manager, forest engineer, wildlife biologist, field forester, logger, procurement forester, forestry teacher, stewardship forester and lead sawyer. Find these videos and other forest-sector career information at
The Into the Forest publication is a 24-page, full-color publication especially for fifth- and sixth-grade students. It provides a grade-appropriate overview of Oregon forests, including forest ecology, tree biology, forest management and forest careers. It explores how we as a society need to balance economic, ecological and social values. Illustrations, puzzles and activities engage student interest.  A companion teacher's guide includes lessons and activities, including one where students learn about forest-related careers in Oregon and research one that interests them. Order an Into the Forest teacher's guide or a classroom set of Into the Forest student publications . All these materials are free. 

Forest education guide updated

OFRI's detailed guide to the various K-12 forest education programs and materials offered in Oregon has been updated for the 2016-17 school year.
K-12 Forest Education Opportunities  offers a directory of field programs and forestry resources for Oregon educators and their students. This is a comprehensive, helpful resource offering a broad variety of ways you can incorporate forestry into your curriculum. The booklet can be downloaded or ordered from OFRI's website for K-12 educators,

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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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