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Guess what we found at the Play Forever Mountain Clean Up!

October 5, 2021

Last weekend, The Environmental Center’s Rethink Waste Project partnered with the Mt. Bachelor Play Forever Mountain Clean Up to educate volunteers on proper waste sorting. We designed a waste sorting station that was integrated into the clean up. Volunteers picked up their grabbers, gloves, and reusable burlap bags at check in. They took the ski […]

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A Week of Ideas to Engage with National Farm to School Month!

October is National Farm to School Month, and the theme for this years’ campaign, from the National Farm to School Network, is Our Food, Our Future. Our Food, Our Future: Youth Leadership for a Racially Just Food System Youth and young people are the leaders and change makers of tomorrow and today. As National Farm […]

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Act Today! Submit your comments on the Climate Protection Plan

October 4, 2021

Written comments on the draft Climate Protection Plan are due by Monday, October 25th! Right now, you can help make climate protection in Oregon stronger by adding your voice to demand DEQ strengthens the draft Climate Protection Program (CPP) rules.  While the Climate Protection Program has the potential to be a meaningful tool to replace […]

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It’s Almost GO Time!

October 1, 2021

Key Transportation Bond Investment Decisions Coming Soon—Make Your Voice Heard Last fall, Bend voters approved a $190 million bond measure to improve our transportation system. The Environmental Center helped lead the campaign to pass the general obligation (GO) bond because it included over $60 million in investments in safety, walking, biking, and transit. Those investments […]

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Farewell to Tracy, our Food Hero!

September 15, 2021

We recently said goodbye to our wonderful Garden & Nutrition Educator, Tracy Ryan, as she transitioned into a position supporting students at Jewell Elementary School. While we are sad to see her go, those that know Tracy know that she loves to laugh and her enthusiasm for life can be infectious. So we know she’ll […]

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Meet the Artists from our Welcoming Week:Multicultural Art Exhibit

There are so many amazing artists here in Central Oregon sharing their stories. This year The Environmental Center will be highlighting a few local BILAPOC, LGBTQ+ artists at our Welcoming Week: Multicultural Art Exhibit, happening for free this Thursday, September 16 from 4:30-6:30 PM, at The Environmental Center. We hope you’ll join us to share […]

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A Look Back on the 2021 Summer Youth Education Programs

September 13, 2021

As we packed away the hula hoops, animal skulls, water colors, and scoured the forest at Skyliner Lodge for lost water bottles, single shoes, and the occasional lost towel, the TEC youth education team breathed a big sigh of relief—another successful summer of outdoor based programs (and arguably our best one yet) was officially over. […]

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Green Spotlight: Grow and Give with the High Desert Food and Farm Alliance

September 10, 2021

In Deschutes County, 1 in 8 people across the County is food insecure, meaning they don’t always know where their next meal will come from. At the same time, an estimated 26% of our landfill (the one that is projected to be full by 2029) is comprised of wasted food. The High Desert Food and […]

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Petal Painting: DIY Watercolor Paints

Do you have flowers in your garden or a special bouquet beginning to wilt and whither? Let’s give those beauties another life by creating our very own, low-waste watercolors! Take this opportunity to soak in the season and colors changing all around us. Want to petal paint with us? Join us at the Welcoming Week: […]

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Thoughts From Our Naturalists in Training

September 1, 2021

At The Environmental Center, our Youth Education Team offers a variety of summer programs to enrich the minds of children, and teach them about sustainable living with hands-on activities in the classroom, the outdoors, the gardens, and beyond.  We believe it’s important to foster future leaders in sustainability. That’s why the team also provides mentorship […]

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