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Gilchrist State Forest. Submitted photo/ Oregon Department of Forestry

Oregon forest and ocean conservation, businesses suffer during pandemic

State legislators heard a parade of woes ranging from ruined businesses to crippled conservation education programs to the likelihood of devastating wildfires, all during a fast-paced hearing on Thursday.

The House Interim Committee on Natural Resources held a teleconference that included spoken or written testimony from nearly 30 people on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. They were representatives of state agencies, businesses, unions and advocacy groups involved with Oregon’s forests, oceans, rivers and other natural places. Read more here.

Gilchrist State Forest. Submitted photo/ Oregon Department of Forestry

Photo by Lynn Ketchum, Oregon State University.

Website offers lessons for Oregon students who missed out on Outdoor School this year

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The sudden end to in-person learning in Oregon's K-12 schools canceled many Outdoor School opportunities.

Nearly 38,000 students took part in Outdoor School in 2018-19, and organizers expected 43,300 students this year – until the spread of COVID-19 led Gov. Kate Brown to issue a statewide order to close schools. Read more here.

Photo by Lynn Ketchum, Oregon State University.

 

Photo by Lynn Ketchum, Oregon State University.

OSU Extension Outdoor School provides resources for families during stay-at-home order

CORVALLIS – The statewide Oregon State University Extension Service Outdoor School program is offering resources to engage children in learning about nature while adhering to Oregon’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” order.

Extension Outdoor School added a webpage – “Educational Resources for Stay Home, Save Lives” — to its website where parents, guardians and teachers can find links to resources to support outdoor learning experiences while schools are out of session. Read more here.

Photo by Lynn Ketchum, Oregon State University.

Photo courtesy of The New Era

Camp Tadmor hosts how-to for outdoor schools

Outdoor School providers from across Oregon converged at Camp Tadmor in late January to build opportunities for improvement of Outdoor School programs through the Oregon State University Extension Service Outdoor School Program. The gathering was at full attendance with 175 participants, and more on the waiting list, to network and learn how they might use Measure 99 funds to start or enhance Outdoor School programs. Read more here.

Photo courtesy of The New Era

Photo courtesy of Grant Magazine

Planting the Seeds of Change

Outdoor School (ODS) is a place where summer camp and school collide. It provides a hands-on learning environment and offers opportunities in ways that schools often do not. One of the goals of ODS is to help students understand that they have a voice, both in the classroom and outside of it. Read more here.

Photo courtesy of Grant Magazine

 

Photo courtesy of Lake County Examiner

OSU Extension preps school district for outdoor school

On Monday, Sept. 30 at the Lakeview OSU Extension Office, Southern Regional Coordinator Amy Hoffman and OSU Extension Assistant to the Program Leader, Rita Bauer, visited Lakeview for a public meeting to educate local teachers, administrators, parents and students about outdoor school possibilities. Read more here.

 

Photo courtesy of Lake County Examiner

Questions?

Please don't hesitate to contact us at outdoorschool@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-4391 if you have any questions about the Outdoor School Program!