Friday, May 24, 2024

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Format & Length: In-Person, 6 hours

Audience: All grades welcome! Most suited for 3rd - 8th grade educators, formal and nonformal, including educators working with 5th and/or 6th graders in outdoor school settings.

Join us at the Jacksonville Woodlands to experience and explore nature journaling, a flexible, engaging, and adaptable teaching tool that helps students develop both scientific (NGSS) and social-emotional competencies.

Along the trail, we will stop to practice close observation, inquiry, and connection-building using a series of nature journaling prompts. No previous art experience is required! This tool is about scientific observation, not art skills.

We will also practice giving feedback on journal entries to promote a growth mindset, model outdoor facilitation strategies, and discuss how to incorporate nature journaling in any learning context. Nature journaling can be the multitool in your outdoor education tool kit.

Dress for a 1.5-mile walk along a trail that includes about 200’ of elevation gain. We will make frequent stops.

If you have accessibility concerns that you would like to make sure we address in our route selection, please include those in your registration form.. More details about the site and trails will be provided closer to the date of the workshop. 

Bring a notebook and a pencil, water, bag lunch, and a camping chair (if you have one). The site has a Porta Potty at the trailhead, and limited potable water (one drinking fountain).

Brought to you by Southern Oregon Land Conservancy, OSU Extension Outdoor School (ODS), and Oregon Natural Resources Education Program (ONREP).  

Stipend: A $100 stipend is available from OSU Extension Service Outdoor School to support the attendance of eligible outdoor school educators who are not being compensated by their employer for the time they attend the workshop. Please contact with questions about stipend eligibility.

Registration required. Offered at no cost to Oregon educators. PDUs available. Substitute Reimbursement available on teacher workdays. 


Jacksonville, OR