The 2017-19 edition of OFRI's K-12 Forest Education Opportunities guide is now available to order. The 16-page booklet offers a comprehensive directory of forest-related education programs and field trip destinations across Oregon. It also includes information about OFRI-developed curriculum materials and print, digital and video resources aimed to help teach K-12 students about Oregon's forests.
K-12 Forest Education Opportunities can be ordered or downloaded from LearnForests.org.
New resource - Making Forest Connections: A Correlation of the Oregon Forest Literacy Plan with Other Educational Resources
Four new documents, one for each grade band, identify connections between the Oregon Forest Literacy Plan concepts and the following resources:
Oregon Environmental Literacy Plan
NGSS performance expectations
PLT conceptual framework
Project WILD conceptual framework
Project WILD activities
The correlation documents are available to download from
LearnForests.org. There is a document for each of the following grade bands: K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12.
New instruction guide available
Instruction guides are now available to accompany three of OFRI's student resources: the "Oregon's Forests" and "Where's the Carbon?" classroom posters, and the Find Your Path forest-career publication.
The instruction guides include additional activities, lesson plans and background information that support the content in these student resources. The guides also include a list of additional resources, and information about how the suggested activities and lesson plans align with state educational standards.
Oregon Natural Resources Education Program offering winter workshops
The Oregon Natural Resources Education Program (ONREP) has been a leader in providing professional development programs for K-12 educators since its inception in the mid-1980s. ONREP programming has contributed to building an understanding of Oregon's forests, wildlife and ecosystems for thousands of educators. Oregon's rich and diverse natural resources are integral to our citizens' social interactions, health and well-being, and are the foundation of Oregon's economy.
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: