Plants on the Move

Protect Oregon's Native Habitats from Invasive Weeds


Protect Oregon's Native Habitats from Invasive Weeds by Engaging your Students in Authentic Field Based Service – Learning Projects In Your Community

August 5th-9th, 2013
Monday 10:30 am to Friday, 12 pm
Starkey Experimental Forest
FREE to Oregon 4th-12th grade educators
This institute is now full. If you are from the northeast region of Oregon and would like to attend this institute, please contact ONREP at with your contact information and school/organization.

  • Engage as participants in the steps of service-learning.
  • Participate in hands – on learning and activities that are grade-level specific.
  • Explore the interdisciplinary curricula and how it aligns to State Standards and STEM.
  • Enrich your content knowledge through field investigations and discussions with natural resource experts.
  • Receive resource materials and books for use with your classroom.
  • Work in grade level groups using curriculum and resources to plan new lessons for your classroom.
  • Experience, practice, and participate in service learning as a tool for engaging students in relevant, place-based learning.
  • Discover or re-discover the benefits of outdoor learning.

Priority will be given to 4th-12th grade educators in NE OR until May 12th. After that date, workshop space will be filled based on when registration arrives. Limited to 15 participants.

Workshop Logistics:

  • Dates/time: Starts at 10:30 Monday and ends at 12:00 pm on Friday.
  • Cost: The workshop is free to 4th -12th grade educators. All lodging and meals, curriculum and materials are provided to you at no cost due to the generous support of our partners.
  • Credit: 3 PSU Graduate Credits will be offered. The fee is $55/credit and professional development units will be available.
  • Meals: We will provide meals starting with dinner Monday evening and ending with lunch on Friday.
  • The bunkhouse: The bunkhouse facility includes a small meeting room, full kitchen and bedrooms which will be double-occupancy only. Participants are welcome to bring a camping trailer or tent, and there is an outdoor restroom building in addition to the indoor bathrooms.
  • Bring a bag: You will receive curriculum, books, supporting materials, DVD, and more: Curriculum: Invasives: Plants on the Move & Project Learning Tree; Books and interactive DVD on plant identification; Meet the Menace DVD; Field materials for your classroom.
  • Special Accommodations: We will be in the field walking on uneven terrain for part of the time and Eastern Oregon weather in August can be quite warm. If you are interested in participating and would like more information please contact us at . We will make accommodations and arrangements as possible to allow for participation.
  • The Site: Starkey Experimental Forest and Range is located in Eastern Oregon 28 miles southwest of La Grande, Oregon. This site was designated as an experimental forest in the 40’s. One of the interesting features of the site is an ungulate-proof fence enclosing 40 square miles, which provides scientists the ability to assess ecological change over time. The workshop week will include field sessions at Starkey as well as other land in NE Oregon. Most classroom time will be outdoors in a covered shelter.

Click here for a fun slideshow of past workshops (pdf)

This institute is now full. If you are from the northeast region of Oregon and would like to attend this institute, please contact ONREP at with your contact information and school/organization.

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Curious about the Invasives: Plants on the Move curriculum? Check out this link!



Contributing Sponsors: Oregon Natural Resources Education Program at Oregon State University in partnership with Bureau of Land Management, Eastern Oregon University, Oregon Forest Resources Institute, and the Tri-County Cooperative Weed Management Area. Funding also provided by the Gray Family Foundation.