Previous Workshops

Below is a list of some of the previous professional development events ONREP has offered. Often workshop topics are presented again at a future time.

If you have a specific request for a workshop topic, please do not hesitate to contact us. ONREP can often create tailored workshops to meet the needs of Oregon educators.

This workshop will prepare educators to engage their students in two activities related to climate change, habitat and wildlife. Participants will be invited to research and identify a climate-related issue affecting a local habitat then explore potential avenues for student design projects. Participants will have the opportunity to leave this workshop prepared to implement this activity with students. Participants will receive a copy of Project WILD Climate & Wildlife.

Registration for this workshop has closed.

Date: 
May 10, 2022
Location: 
Online

This is part of series focusing on how to frame global change topics (such as climate change, extreme weather patterns, natural disasters, etc.) with students in an outdoor education context.
We encourage educators to attend as many of the sessions as they would like, each session will focus on a different topic.

Session 3 - Developing climate change lessons and curriculum: Where do we start?

Registration for Session 3 has closed.

Date: 
May 4, 2022
Location: 
Online

Want to teach climate change ecology with confidence and compassion? Join us for an interactive workshop that explores the potential of the new “Project Wild: Climate and Wildlife” guide. During the workshop, we will explore the social-emotional ramifications of climate change education and share recommendations to help young people cope with environmental change. Then, we will highlight selected activities from the new guide and suggest modifications to the lessons which will help Oregon students cultivate personal agency and social trust. Finally, we will generate a resource list of agencies, land managers and other prospective partners who can support your students in service learning and participatory community science activities.

Registration for this workshop has closed.

Date: 
April 12, 2022
Location: 
Online

In this workshop, we will support you in getting students outside by investigating an outdoor environment in the Corvallis area. Participants will explore how curriculum based on scientific understanding, such as Project Learning Tree’s K-8 Explore Your Environment, can be combined with Tribal History/Shared History (SB 13) lessons which were created by the nine federally recognized Tribes in Oregon for educators. All participants will receive a copy of Project Learning Tree’s (PLT) Explore Your Environment: K-8 Activity Guide.

This workshop is full and registration has closed.

Date: 
April 8, 2022
Location: 
Philomath, OR

In this interactive workshop, participants will discover how to use the SB13 (Tribal History/Shared History) Critical Orientations framework to infuse Indigenous cultures and perspectives into Project Learning Tree (PLT) activities. Using waste management and sustainability practices as the context, participants will learn how to adapt a PLT lesson to be culturally responsive, relevant, and affirming. Participants will receive Project Learning Tree’s (PLT) Explore Your Environment: K-8 Activity Guide. The workshop features a guest speaker from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

Date: 
April 6, 2022 to April 20, 2022
Location: 
Online

When we frame charged topics like climate change, extreme weather patterns, natural disasters, etc. with an asset-based mindset, learners can bring their whole selves to the experience and tackle deeply nuanced topics with agency and autonomy. This short session will introduce the idea of facilitating from a whole self perspective, using a reimagined model for thinking about meeting learners' needs in order to successfully engage in big conversations.

Date: 
March 29, 2022
Location: 
Online

Join us at the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy’s Rogue River Preserve (about 15 miles north of Medford) 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. 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.

Date: 
March 28, 2022
Location: 
Eagle Point, OR

Make science a breeze with an outdoor-oriented environmental curriculum. The Project Learning Tree K-8 newly revised Explore Your Environment guide works for rural to urban teaching environments, and is for multiple grades. Join us as we check out Explore Your Environment (participants will receive a copy of it at no cost) and share ways that lessons can be adapted for different grades. Participants will be invited to implement a lesson between sessions.
Audience: 3rd-5th grade educators, formal and nonformal; K-2 educators welcome as we will be discussing how the lessons can be adapted for multiple grades

Registration for this workshop has closed.

Date: 
March 9, 2022 to March 15, 2022
Location: 
Online

This session will introduce educators to the NOAA-supported Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN). The CLEAN collection is an online database of 800+ educator and scientist-reviewed, free, digital resources that include NGSS aligned lesson plans, visualizations, videos, and short demonstrations/experiments. It uses three main program components to provide resources for teachers on climate and energy (1) the CLEAN Collection, (2) Network, and (3) training and support.

Registration for this workshop has closed.

Date: 
March 7, 2022
Location: 
Online

Registration for this workshop has closed.
Join us to experience and explore a new Outdoor School lesson plan that’s all about fire! This lesson, which follows the BEETLES model, provides guidance for 3.5 to 7 hours of engaging and timely explorations of fire science and fire ecology for students participating in in-person Outdoor School programs. During the workshop, we will examine and apply NGSS frameworks, trauma-informed care practices, social-emotional learning, and ODS self-evaluation tools, all using the new fire lesson as a context for learning.
Registration closed at 9 AM, Friday, February 25th.

Date: 
March 3, 2022
Location: 
Central Point, OR

Registration for this workshop has closed.

Given all that is happening on Oregon’s landscape, have you been wondering how to address fire with your K-2 students? In this workshop participants will explore how to use learner-centered essential questions to spark curiosity and increase understanding with this young age group.

Through interactive engagement participants will be provided with content resources to use with early learners, a sneak peek at the Fire K-12 Essential Questions Progression guide and more.

Date: 
February 28, 2022 to March 7, 2022
Location: 
Online

Registration has closed for this workshop.
Organisms have been adapting to a changing environment for millions of years, making them the best problem-solvers in the world. The Biomimicry Institute describes biomimicry as “a practice that learns from and mimics the strategies found in nature to solve human design challenges — and find hope along the way.”
(This workshop has been rescheduled from the original dates of January 25th and February 1)

Date: 
February 23, 2022 to March 2, 2022
Location: 
Online

Registration for this workshop has closed.

Organisms have been adapting to a changing environment for millions of years, making them the best problem-solvers in the world. The Biomimicry Institute describes biomimicry as “a practice that learns from and mimics the strategies found in nature to solve human design challenges — and find hope along the way.”

In this workshop participants will go through a simplified version of the Biomimicry Design Process and create a sketch or prototype of a nature-inspired solution to a problem related to climate change.

Educators will leave this workshop understanding how Biomimicry fits into their middle school curriculum, along with esources they can use with their students.

Date: 
January 25, 2022 to February 1, 2022
Location: 
Online

Registration closed.
This virtual conference will focus on the social, economic and ecological aspects of Oregon’s natural resources. The conference will include general and breakout sessions, training for Oregon Envirothon 2022 and networking opportunities.
This conference meets the professional development requirement of the Oregon Department of Education statewide Natural Resources / Forestry Career & Technical Education (CTE) Program of Study.

Date: 
January 12, 2022
Location: 
Online

This workshop is full and the waiting list has closed.

In this workshop we will look at examples of how Project Learning Tree (PLT) activities can support students’ learning of the SB13 curriculum (Tribal History/Shared History Curriculum).

Participants will explore how PLT activities can support the interconnectivity of traditional knowledge with scientific understanding. We will include a brief overview of the Tribes of Oregon, and give examples of how to use PLT activities and SB13 together. Participants will have an opportunity to do some research on SB13 curriculum local to their areas and identify PLT activities that support those lessons and vice versa how SB 13 curriculum can support the understanding of PLT activities. All participants will receive a copy of the PLT Explore Your Environment: K-8 Activity Guide.

Date: 
December 2, 2021 to December 7, 2021
Location: 
Online

This workshop is currently full and the waiting list has closed.
Join us for an interactive and information-filled workshop about how to connect young children to the natural world, through investigations both indoors and outdoors. In this workshop we will explore the benefits that accessing the natural world has for children as well as educators, tips and strategies to safely guide nature explorations outside and introduce educators to Project WILD’s early learner curriculum Growing Up WILD.

Date: 
November 11, 2021 to November 13, 2021
Location: 
Online

This workshop is full and registration has closed.
Join us at Wildlife Safari as we explore hands-on activities for elementary students that are all about birds! Explore concepts of adaptations and anatomy. Observe behavior (you will have a chance to meet the resident birds). Practice identification. Get students excited about learning through movement and role-playing activities!

Date: 
November 5, 2021
Location: 
Winston, OR

This workshop is full and registration has closed.
In this interactive workshop, educators will explore several Aquatic WILD activities related to the life cycle and biology of salmon. The training also includes a focus on engaging youth in meaningful stewardship projects designed to improve watershed health. Lessons will connect with salmon or trout rearing activities in classroom aquariums. Participants will receive a copy of Project WILD’s Aquatic WILD curriculum guide.

Date: 
November 2, 2021 to November 4, 2021
Location: 
Online

This workshop is full and registration has closed.
Join us at the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy’s Rogue River Preserve 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. 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.

Date: 
November 1, 2021
Location: 
Eagle Point, OR

Registration closed at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 11th.
Looking to add ‘hands-on’ activities back into your classroom? Look no further! In this workshop we’ll delve into Project Learning Tree curriculum and you will walk away with a resource book full of ideas, activities to do with your learners, and some PDU’s. Project Learning Tree is a world-renowned curriculum that engages young minds in and enhances their awareness, knowledge, and skills of the environment. SIGN UP TODAY!

Date: 
October 21, 2021 to October 28, 2021
Location: 
Online