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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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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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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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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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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Absolutely Incredible Kid Day

April 30, 2021

This week’s Lunch Bite Highlight is from another one of our partners through the Children’s Forest of Central Oregon, and it focuses on kids! To be more specific, how absolutely incredible kids are. Camp Fire Central Oregon created this lunch bite with encouraging and uplifting young learners as their focus. Camp Fire Central Oregon centers […]

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Learning about Pollinators at Forest Explorers Spring Break Camp

April 5, 2021

This past week we had the wonderful opportunity to teach our Forest Explorers during spring break camp a variety of fun lessons. Pollinators, astronomy, geology, and water were the main topics we explored with our young learners during camp. Our first day focused on a topic that is extremely relevant to springtime: pollinators! Pollinators are […]

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How to Protect Nature: Ideas from Students in Central Oregon

March 19, 2021

What can you do to protect nature? What can we teach our students to do to protect nature? These important questions are key to understanding how to help the Earth thrive. These are also questions that we ask our students at our Forest Explorers Camp here in Central Oregon. Our Lunch Bites Highlight this week […]

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