Spring 2018
New instruction guide for use with Forest To Frame publication
A new publication, Forest to Frame Instruction Guide, is now available. A companion to the Forest to Frame publication and video, the instruction guide was created to provide support for teachers who want to explore the benefits of mass timber with their students. It offers ideas and information for using Forest to Frame in the high school classroom, and suggests ways to incorporate it into Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes, especially those that focus on architecture or construction. The guide also includes a list of additional resources, and it is aligned to state educational standards. Order or download these materials at LearnForests.org .

Workshop opportunity: Flying WILD for Outdoor School

Educators will learn how to expand and enhance the Outdoor School experience while exploring forest ecosystems at one of only a handful of urban refuges in the country. This workshop is designed for educators teaching fifth and sixth grades, as well as non-formal Outdoor School educators. Participants will come away with the content knowledge, skills and materials to develop and use natural resources-based lessons and resources, all aligned with state standards, that can be used in the field or the classroom, before or after your students attend Outdoor School. Participants will receive the Project Learning Tree and Flying WILD curricula.

The workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, July 31, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge in Sherwood.

Register now for fall program

Sign up now for the Oregon Garden Natural Resources Education Program, located in the 15-acre demonstration Rediscovery Forest inside The Oregon Garden. This is a perfect setting to learn about forests and other natural resources. The program uses learning stations and hands-on activities to teach fourth- through sixth-grade students why forests are important. The topics include plant and animal adaptation, forest food webs, healthy forests and wildlife habitat. The curriculum is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and the Oregon Forest Literacy Plan. This field program lasts about 4 hours, and is free.
"It's a bunch of hands-on learning you just can't get in a classroom," says OFRI program coordinator Rikki Heath. "We have a lot of fun out here, and it's an easy way to get students out into the forest to learn about Oregon's natural resources." 

More information and registration are both available at  LearnForests.org

Pacific Logging Congress Live In-Woods Show set for high school students

The Pacific Logging Congress Live In-Woods Show, September 13-14, will showcase OSU research forests as well as active and static industry displays. The active sites provide an excellent opportunity for high school students to view the latest technology in timber-harvesting equipment. 

Teachers can register their classes online at www.pacificloggingcongress.org/student-invitation.

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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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