Impact Teachers... Impact the Future
The Oregon Natural Resources Education Program (ONREP) has been a leader in providing professional development programs for K - 16 educators since its inception in the mid-1980s. ONREP programming has contributed to building thousands of educators’ understanding of Oregon’s diverse natural resources and ecosystems by providing strategies, information, and resources that instill confidence and increase capacity to engage learners at all levels. Each year 800 to 1,000 classroom, pre-service, and non-formal educators attend programs offered throughout the state. Foundational to our program offerings is the integration of natural resource concepts into the curriculum. Through hands-on, interactive, and investigative strategies that foster how to think, not what to think teachers learn how to meet state and national learning standards while engaging students in relevant, meaningful, and place-based learning. Through the use of balanced, non-biased curricula teachers involve students in lessons that promote the development of the critical thinkers and creative problem solvers of the future, who are prepared for life and work in the 21st Century.