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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Youth Education Intern Spotlight: Erika Cook

January 19, 2021

Erika Cook has been around The Environmental Center for quite some time, so you may recognize her! Last winter, as part of her final semester at OSU-Cascades, she shadowed our youth educators during classroom EarthSmart lessons. Here, she learned the ins and outs of working with students and really enjoyed the experience. Later in the […]

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Youth Education during COVID-19

April 30, 2020

Greetings from the Youth Education Department! We truly miss going into classrooms and teaching our environmental and sustainability education programs around the Central Oregon region. Although our day-to-day “norm” is altered, we have discovered ways to continue providing education to our EarthSmart students! Here are a few highlights from our world: Our water program coordinator, […]

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Outdoor School Days Conclude and Interns Shine!

May 25, 2019

Our Outdoor School Days program is possible with sponsorship from The Children’s Forest of Central Oregon. Over the course of 15 days, we saw 17 schools from Bend-La Pine, Redmond, and Prineville in grades K-5, which translates to over 1,100 students! Outdoor Days are experiential based hands-on learning, playing, and exploring in nature. Some students […]

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Outdoor School Days Spring Internship

April 10, 2019

*Update 4/29: This position has been filled. The intern will play a vital active role in providing outdoor school programming for elementary and middle school this spring. The intern will work directly with the Outdoor School Coordinator to deliver the education program. Program delivery includes: presenting lessons, providing student management, and educating students about natural […]

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Meet our 2018 Spring Outdoor School Interns

May 28, 2018

The Environmental Center’s outdoor school program offers students an all-day excursion outside the classroom to a natural area. We travel to sites throughout Central Oregon – including Sawyer Park, Cline Falls State Park, Shevlin Park, and Skyliner Lodge. Students rotate through several different environmental education activities, allowing ample time for exploration and free play in […]

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Success: We’ll double outdoor days this year!

September 12, 2016

We did it!  Our goal was to raise $7,000 in order to double our outdoor programming during the 2016-2017 school year. And your response was incredible! Thank you to everyone who donated to this campaign and demonstrated support for outdoor days. We have some great news to share: We received an unexpected grant from the Gray Family Foundation […]

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Inspiring Read: High Country by Tom Bell

September 7, 2016

Last week, Tom Bell, the founder of High Country News, passed away at age 92. Tom wrote many inspiring pieces throughout his life – including the following essay, titled High Country, in 1970. We find it especially inspiring and relevant this summer, as we plan to expand our outdoor programming for kids in Central Oregon. […]

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Success! Plus a new match…

August 26, 2016

Woohoo! Just in time for the weekend, we were able to raise the money needed to receive a match from Capstone CPAs. Big thanks to all who contributed. We’re 25% of the way there, and still need YOUR help to double our outdoor programming this school year. Anddddd… we have great news: Steven Floyd Consulting […]

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