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Youth Education

20160512_133613A sustainable future requires tomorrow’s leaders to understand the impact of their actions and to choose a better way. We deliver education focused on sustainability to the future generation of teachers, thinkers and learners, through engaging education programs, student leadership and hands-on action.

In this section, you can learn more about how The Environmental Center supports kids and schools in thinking and acting green.

School Programs

In our EarthSmart education program, students discover how daily choices, at home and at school, affect their environment.  We provide classroom lessons, community field trips and outdoor school days that engage students in sustainability education.

Educator Resources

Here teachers will find lesson plans to follow up any of our EarthSmart presentations, information on upcoming trainings and grant applications for sustainability initiatives at school.

Community Youth Programs

Our summer and after school programs foster a strong connection between students and the natural world, and help them see how their individual choices and behaviors effect our environment.

Make Your School Sustainable

Schools can serve as sustainable learning labs and models, where students are eager to learn how they can have a positive impact on the planet.  We work closely with Bend-La Pine Schools to support their sustainability plan and weave sustainability into daily practice at school, through student-led and mentor-supported Green Teams.  We also assist schools in applying for Oregon Green Schools recognition.

Learning Garden

Our Kansas Avenue Learning Garden connects students to the basis of all life—food.  It’s an outdoor classroom where children tend to the seeds they plant, make discoveries through weekly observations and experiments, apply math and science skills, and get their hands dirty.