Spring 2017
Sustainable Forestry High School Summer Tour will focus on forest management and forest products
This tour for high school instructors provides a hands-on professional development opportunity to learn about the social, economic and ecological aspects of sustainable forestry in the field. The format of the June 19-21 event will be a 2.5-day tour of the forests and mills in Tillamook County. OFRI will partner with Tillamook Bay Community College, the Oregon Department of Forestry, Stimson Lumber, Hampton Lumber, Tillamook High School and other organizations. Connections will be made between the information teachers receive on the tour and application to the classroom using the OFRI forestry curriculum and related resources. For more information, contact Julie Woodward, 503-807-1614.
Registration is available at: https://ofriteachertour.eventbrite.com

High school forestry curriculum updated and available

OFRI's high school curriculum, Inside Oregon's Forests, has been updated to include additional lessons on forest history, and is available to order or download on LearnForests.org. Created for natural resources classes, it includes 12 weeks of lessons covering the history of Oregon forests; tree biology and forest types; the environmental, social and economic importance of forests; forest management; wildfire; and more.

The curriculum comes as a 316-page, spiral-bound book. The package includes lesson plans, labs and other activities, plus a variety of related documents and videos. It was assembled by a professional curriculum writer and conforms to standards for math, science and literacy.

Workshops offered to support fifth- and sixth-grade teachers whose students attend Outdoor School

A one-day workshop, "Making Outdoor School an Integral Part of the Learning Progression," will be offered at six sites across the state to teachers whose students attend Outdoor School. Teachers will learn methods and strategies to enhance and extend students' Outdoor School experiences and come away with the content knowledge, skills and materials needed to develop and use natural-resources-based lessons that are aligned with Outdoor School curricula, state standards and statewide environmental literacy programs. All workshops are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., are free, have lunch provided and offer one credit from Southern Oregon University at an additional cost.
Monday, June 26
The High Desert Museum, Bend
Thursday, June 29
Tillamook Forest Center, Tillamook
Saturday, July 29
The Oregon Zoo, Portland
Friday, August 11
Southern Oregon University, Ashland
Wednesday, August 16
The Oregon Garden, Silverton
Wednesday, August 23
Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Tualatin

Other free workshops:

Using the Outdoors as Part of Your Classroom
Get resources and curriculum for connecting youth to the outdoors and the Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Tule Lake has excellent facilities for creating an outdoor classroom experience. As the first National Wildlife Refuge created by Teddy Roosevelt, it provides access to one of the largest areas for wintering waterfowl along the Pacific Flyway. Participants will receive Project Flying WILD books to create refuge-specific programs for third- through eighth-grade classrooms. 
Monday, May 8
Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Tulelake, Calif.
Creating Meaningful Watershed Connections
Participants will receive a variety of resources that support a meaningful watershed education experience, including the new Aquatic WILD guide and the StreamWebs Field and Classroom Watershed Investigation guide. Educators will engage in hands-on activities focused on the local watershed, and will be introduced to an environmental literacy framework that incorporates Next Generation Science and Social Studies standards. This workshop will be held in three locations:

Saturday, April 29
The Oregon Garden, Silverton
Saturday, May 6
Forest Grove Community Center, Forest Grove
Saturday, June 10
Siskiyou Field Institute, Selma

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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