Summer 2017
Summer teacher 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.
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. The free workshops are held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., have lunch provided and offer one credit from Southern Oregon University at 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:

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.

Saturday, June 10
Siskiyou Field Institute, Selma

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 specialists and then reviewed by teachers for content and readability and scientists for accuracy. Each essay includes reading comprehension questions. Order or download a classroom set at

Children's film festival to celebrate Oregon's forests
The third annual Eugene Children's Film Festival will highlight and celebrate one of Oregon's most incredible resources: its forests.

High school students can win a $1,000 college scholarship for making the best film about Oregon's forests, and earn the chance to be among the top films screened during the August 19 festival at the Richard E. Wildish Community Theater in Springfield.

OFRI is a co-sponsor of the competition, which is open to all Oregon high school students. Contest entries will be judged on how well they incorporate Oregon's forests creatively into a short film. All films must be submitted online by Aug. 8, 2017.

More information and submission details are available at

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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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