ONREP partners with programs and curricula, such as PLT and Project WILD, that teach science based ecological concepts through leading edge educational practices.

ONREP Mission

Preparing educators to engage students in relevant, meaningful, and inspiring classroom and outdoor learning experiences that contribute to student academic achievement

Connections to content standards

ONREP incorporates strategies for addressing Oregon and national content standards through natural resource topics.

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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.

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2016-17 Workshops

2016-17 Workshops will be added to the workshop calendar soon!

Small-scale Science

A few years ago, Matt Betts, a researcher in forest ecology at Oregon State University, spearheaded a project with the Oregon Natural Resources Education program in OSU Extension to bring hummingbird science and fieldwork to classrooms. The project got even richer when he and OSU science educator Kari O’Connell looped in students and teachers from a satellite study site in Costa Rica.

Corvallis, Albany teachers link Costa Rica with Oregon schools

“This project has all the elements of a real-world learning experience,” said Kari O’Connell, an educator with Oregon State’s Oregon Natural Resources Education Program. “The students will be doing math, science and art and practicing their language skills. It also involves their families. One of the teachers has already translated information into Spanish so that Spanish-speaking families in Oregon can be involved.”