Saturday, January 20, 2024

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. PT

Format & length: In person, 4.5 hours 

Audience: Geared toward formal and nonformal educators working with 5th and/or 6th graders in outdoor school settings

This workshop will introduce educators to the basics of nocturnal outdoor education, including astronomy, facilitating sensory activities like night hikes, and how to teach about nocturnal animals such as owls and bats. Through a lens of trauma-informed education, we will explore why people of all ages might feel uncomfortable in the dark and discuss how to plan and facilitate supportive nighttime activities at outdoor school. We will cover safety and logistics for group management at night, including how to incorporate light sources and risk mitigation practices. 

This workshop will be held on a Saturday, outdoors in twilight and under dark skies. Dinner will be provided. 

This workshop is brought to you by:OSU Extension Service Outdoor School (ODS), Lane Education Service District - Lane STEM Hub, and Oregon Natural Resources Education Program (ONREP)

Offered at no cost to Oregon educators. PDUs available.

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 for this workshop has closed. 

Silverton, OR