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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.”

Children’s book set in familiar national forest

A new children’s book, to be released on Monday, that invites youngsters to become close observers of the natural world is set right here in our neck of the woods. “Ellie’s Log: Exploring the Forest Where the Great Tree Fell” takes place in the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest near Blue River — in the heart of the Willamette National Forest.  ONREP will be hosting a workshop featuring the book and author on April 19 & 20.

ONREP featured in High Country News

The Oregon Natural Resource Education program was featured in a piece in the January 21, 2013 issue of High Country News.  ONREP was noticed for its' work in educating teachers in Oregon forests, wildlife and climate change.  Teachers, in turn, educate kids in K-12th grade in natural resources.

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Spring 2013 Workshops Added

New workshops for Spring 2013 have been added to our calendar.  Sign up early to guarantee yourself a spot!

LeeAnn and Susan receive award

Congratulations to the team of Amy Grotta, Chip Bubl, Glenn Ahrens, LeeAnn Mikkelson, Susan Sahnow, and Lena Etuk for receiving the Outreach & Engagement Innovations in Partnerships Award for their Vernonia Rural Sustainability Project, assisting the community of Vernonia re-establish their new school and natural resources-based curriculum following a series of devastating floods.  Vernonia is part of ONREP's Stewardship Schools program.

Teachers present lessons at recent OSTA meeting

Two middle school teachers, Jeanine Hemel and Joan Swafford, worked with scientist Peder Nelson to present the lessons they developed as part of the NASA-funded Researcher-Teacher partnerships project at the recent OSTA meeting.
Nelson, P., J. Hemel, & J. Swafford . (2012) Teaching about Earth's changing landscapes using satellite imagery and Google Earth. Oregon Science Teachers Association. October 2012. Salem OR.

Teachers involved in Researcher Teacher Partnerships produce poster for international conference

Four Oregon middle school teachers worked with project scientist Peder Nelson to create a poster for the ForestSAT 2012 conference which was the 5th in a series of international conferences promoting scientifically based understanding of how spatial analysis technologies can help describe and monitor forested systems.  These teachers were participants in ONREP's Researcher Teacher Partnerships program.  The poster described how the teachers engaged middle school students in landscape change investigations using Landsat imagery and LandTrendr analysis.

2012-2013 Workshops Announced!

ONREP workshops for the upcoming school year have been announced.  We have many opportunities for professional development, check our workshop calendar for a listing of upcoming workshops and more information.

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