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Meet Udara, our new Rethink Waste Program Manager!
July 19, 2021
The Rethink Waste Project has welcomed a new team member! Udara Abeysekera (she/her) will be the new Program Manager. Our previous Program Manager, Ani Kasch, is moving on to new work and her humor and passion for reducing waste is going to be missed. Udara moved to Central Oregon to be closer to family, […]Read More
Jackie and Ani Pick Up 8,500 lbs of Trash
TEC staff participate in marine debris removal and recovery adventure in Alaska. How do you say “no” to a once-in-a lifetime expedition adventure to one of the frontlines of the global ocean plastics crisis – the Alaska coastline? You don’t. When an invitation came from the Ocean Plastic Recovery (OPR) Project to join the Island […]Read More
5 Steps to Repairing Pinhole Leaks in Your Garden Hose
July 16, 2021
Did you know that extreme temperatures can damage your garden hose? If you had a garden hose sitting outside during the heatwave over the past few weeks, you may want to check on it for pinhole leaks. Though small, pinhole leaks can cause major water loss if they go unnoticed. They are also important to […]Read More
Garden Grant Funded Outdoor and Garden Classrooms
July 6, 2021
When most Central Oregon schools were closed back in November due to COVID-19, we didn’t know if any teacher was going to apply for our annual garden grants. But when the deadline came and went, we were thrilled to see more applications than ever before. We worked with local partners to fully fund a majority […]Read More
Making Bird Feeders with your Family
June 22, 2021
Sumer is in full swing, and even just spending a quick moment outside brings about many different songs from birds all around. One of the best parts of Summer is being able to see a bird nest high in a tree and knowing they are taking care of their young. This week’s Lunch Bite Highlight […]Read More
Rethink Waste on the Radio!
June 17, 2021
We got to chat with Megan from 1077 about all things Rethink Waste. Would you like to have a listen? We covered topics from food waste to recycling to reusable bags. Here’s the one all about construction waste (4 minutes): Want to learn more about how to rethink construction waste? Check these 5 ways to […]Read More
An Ode to Our Intern, Erika Cook
June 15, 2021
Erika worked with our Youth Education team from September 2020 through June 2021. She complemented our team by growing programs and developing lots of content during her time at TEC. We enjoyed truly Erika’s creativity, her dedication to a sustainable future for youth, and whimsical and spunky spirit. In the spirit of spunk and creativity, […]Read More
Learning More About Our Night Sky
June 14, 2021
As the weather gets warmer and the sun sets later, it is becoming increasingly popular to stay out at night and look at the stars. Learning about astronomy can be a very engaging way to include your young learners in learning more about the night sky. This week’s Lunch Bite Highlight is about our beautiful […]Read More
Gardening with Kids at the Environmental Center
June 4, 2021
Spring is officially here, and Summer is right around the corner! One of the best parts of Spring is being able to plant in the garden and watch tiny seeds grow into strong and beautiful plants. Planting in the garden is a simple way to get little ones outside in the sun, and allows them […]Read More
Climate Commuters on the Move
June 3, 2021
This post was written by guest blogger Whitney Bennett, Safe Routes to School Coordinator at Commute Options. The Eco Hero Climate Commuters after school program takes our eco heroes on an educational journey to understand emissions from vehicles and how we can make daily travel choices that have a positive impact on our climate — […]Read More