Introducing the Green Leadership Coalition

December 28, 2021

Recently, Bend High and Mountain View’s environmental clubs got together at The Environmental Center’s Learning Garden. They covered the garden beds, cut back plants, and kept some growth available for pollinators throughout the winter and spring seasons. This great event connected students and gave them an opportunity to plan some group projects and really develop their […]

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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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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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These Eco-Heroes Had a Blast Exploring Bend via Bike

August 17, 2021

Superhuman strength and magical powers only exist in comics and movies, but real-life heroes biked among us during the July Eco-Hero Adventures summer camp. After a thorough safety lesson from Commute Options, the campers were ready to go! Here’s Where the Eco-Heros Docked Throughout the Week! Navigating through Bend, fueling their transport with the energy […]

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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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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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Move Like An Animal!

April 9, 2021

Welcome back to another Lunch Bites Blog! This week’s Lunch Bites Highlight is from one of our partners from the Children’s Forest of Central Oregon. We are lucky to partner with different organizations in Central Oregon, creating interactive and fun flyers for our students. Children’s Forest of Central Oregon is an organization that focuses on […]

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Teaching Reusable Habits: Saving Energy

March 5, 2021

One of the main components of living a sustainable life is learning how to conserve resources. Saving energy is a simple way to help protect the environment, and this week’s Lunch Bites Highlight focuses on tips to teach your students how to save energy both at home and in the classroom. Learning how to be […]

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