Welcome Grace, our newest AmeriCorps member

November 16, 2021

We are excited to have Grace Andrews joining our team to expand our capacity to dig into some important and timely energy conversations in our region.  Grace is an AmeriCorps member with Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE), a program that increases capacity for communities across Oregon to tackle community-based projects. Grace graduated from Colby […]

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2021 Sustainability Awards Winners Announced

November 4, 2021

The Environmental Center announced the 2021 Sustainability Award winners during a live-streamed celebration from Open Space Event Studios on Thursday, November 4.  The Environmental Center presented three Sustainability Awards to: Well Rooted Farms Kôr Community Land Trust Bend Bikes Read more about them below.  Award recipients were selected by a community review committee. Nominees were […]

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Garden Project at East Bend Boys and Girls Club

November 1, 2021

While the Garden for Every School team has been partnering with the Downtown Boys & Girls Club for the last decade, this summer was the first time we worked with staff and students at their small East Bend Club to help install a small learning garden on site. As this space has in ground irrigation, […]

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

October 5, 2021

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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Welcome Adrienne, Our Newest FoodCorp Member

September 1, 2021

We’re very excited to announce we have another new face at The Environmental Center! Please help us welcome our newest FoodCorps Service Member, Adrienne Atkins!  Adrienne started her service term at the beginning of August, and after a week of national training, jumped right into working with kids in the garden this past month. She will […]

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Staff Spotlight: Katie Zieber

August 3, 2021

We’re thrilled to welcome Katie Zieber (she/her) to The Environmental Center team in the role of Communications Coordinator! This is a brand new role for the organization, and one that we’ve been excited about adding for a long time. Katie will be crafting our newsletters, engaging with you on social media, providing resources via our […]

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Meet Udara, our new Rethink Waste Program Manager!

July 19, 2021

The Rethink Waste Project has welcomed a new team member! Udara Abeysekera (she/her) will be the new Program Manager. Our previous Program Manager, Ani Kasch, is moving on to new work and her humor and passion for reducing waste is going to be missed.   Udara moved to Central Oregon to be closer to family, […]

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Gardening with Kids at the Environmental Center

June 4, 2021

Spring is officially here, and Summer is right around the corner! One of the best parts of Spring is being able to plant in the garden and watch tiny seeds grow into strong and beautiful plants. Planting in the garden is a simple way to get little ones outside in the sun, and allows them […]

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We’re Hiring: Membership & Corporate Giving

June 1, 2021

Join the team! We’re looking for a team member who can help take our fundraising to the next level. Applications are due July 6, 2021 July 25, 2021. This is an abbreviated job description; please read the full announcement here.  The Membership & Corporate Giving Manager (MCGM) is a key part of our team that […]

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Finding Worms in the Garden with Student Scientists

May 21, 2021

When playing outside, do you ever see a squirming little worm digging into the dark soil? That is an earth scientist at work! This week’s Lunch Bite Highlight focuses on worms we might find in our garden this spring while planting seeds. We love worms here at The Environmental Center, and being able to allow […]

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