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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 — […]

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Leafy Greens in the Garden

May 27, 2021

One of the best parts of growing food in your garden is being able to step outside for a quick snack. Whether it’s picking some berries off the bush, grabbing a pea off the vine, or picking some fresh lettuce leaves for a salad. In our Learning Garden here at The Environmental Center, we have […]

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First In-Person EarthSmart Field Day Lends Hope for the Future

May 26, 2021

It was a clear, sunny day out at Culver Elementary and there was a feeling of hope in the air. The Youth Education team had their first in-person EarthSmart program in over a year. Due to Culver’s different guidelines and smaller class sizes, outside visitors are allowed on campus. After months of teaching their virtual […]

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Springing into the Garden

May 14, 2021

Summer is almost here, and that means busy things for our Garden for Every School team. While our work with schools is quickly wrapping up, our on site learning garden is just taking off. Here are some highlights from this past interesting school year and a sneak peek ahead. What We’ve Been Up To Farm […]

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Making every day Earth Day

May 13, 2021

A few weeks ago, we celebrated Earth Day with a variety of activities for the public to enjoy and participate in, expanding their love for the Earth. How cool is it that we have an entire day dedicated to our beautiful Mother Earth? Just because April 22nd was declared Earth Day on the calendar does […]

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Creating your own watershed

May 7, 2021

Welcome back to another blog focusing on Lunch Bites from our Children’s Forest of Central Oregon partners! This week’s Lunch Bite highlight is from the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council focusing on… you guessed it… watersheds! UDWC works on restoring and protecting the upper Deschutes River watershed to keep it clean and provide healthy habitats for […]

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