Spring 2018
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

Workshop opportunity -- Schoolyard Classroom: Forests, Worms and Birds, Oh My!

Educators will investigate through various subject areas the ways in which organisms depend on each other to survive. This workshop is designed for educators teaching third through fifth grade, and will focus on using the school yard as an outdoor classroom. Participants will receive the Project Learning Tree curriculum, along with additional resources from the Oregon Environmental Literacy Program, Oregon Forest Resources Institute, and Oregon Ag in the Classroom.
The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.at McKinney Elementary in Hillsboro.
Opportunities for high school students

"Era of Megafires"
Oregon high school students have the opportunity to see Pacific Northwest Research Station landscape ecologist Paul Hessburg's "Era of Megafires" presentation on April 11. A free student event will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the World Forestry Center in Portland. OFRI is providing bus transportation reimbursement. Teachers can register their classes at https://era-of-megafire-student-event.eventbrite.com .
Pacific Logging Congress In-Woods Show
The Pacific Logging Congress Live In-Woods Show, September 13-14, will showcase both the OSU research forests as well as active and static industry displays. The active sites provide an excellent opportunity to view the latest technology in timber-harvesting equipment. Teachers can register their classes online at www.pacificloggingcongress.org/student-invitation.

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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