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Outdoor School Events and Workshops

2020 Events and Workshops

Please join us (perhaps after registering, if necessary) at any of the events or workshops listed below. Don't hesitate to contact us if you're interested in seeing Outdoor School at an event that you don't see listed, or would like Outdoor School to host a workshop for a topic that we don't seem to cover. We're interested in your opinions and needs!

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location: La Grande, OR

Audience: Natural Resource Professionals who teach at Outdoor School

Curriculum and Resources:

* BEETLES Strategies

Description:

  • Are you a natural resource professional who is asked to share your expertise with student?
  • Do you support outdoor school programs?

Natural Resources agency staff and volunteers play an important role in the success of outdoor science school. This workshop will provide an opportunity to learn and share strategies that engage students to explore nature which provides a context for learning. This workshop will offer resources from Beetles - Better Environmental Education, Teaching, Learning, and Expertise Sharing - a program of The Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley, which is dedicated to helping outdoor school programs inspire exploration, wonder, curiosity and critical thinking through innovative, research-based, high quality professional learning experiences and student activities.

This workshop is designed for natural resource professionals, not classroom educators. No sub reimbursement.

Registration:  http://onrep.forestry.oregonstate.edu/workshops

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location: Pendleton, OR

Audience: Teachers and educators working with 5th & 6th grade youth going to Outdoor School

Curriculum and Resources:

  * Project Learning Tree PreK-8 Guide

Description: Science comes to life at Outdoor School, and so can writing and creativity. In this workshop, we will integrate science, English Language Arts (ELA), and art through engaging, hands-on activities. Through nature journaling, collaborative and cooperative explorations, and reflection, we will see how outdoor school inspires your students’ curiosity and enthusiasm in a meaningful context. Lessons include pre and post outdoor school activities to deepen your students’ outdoor school experience and follow you back to your classroom and schoolyard. Activities and lessons are aligned with Next Generation Science and Engineering Practices, and participants will be given the Project Learning Tree curriculum guide. Be prepared to go outside. Substitute reimbursement and PDUs available. This workshop is intended for 5th and 6th grade teachers who participate in or work with Outdoor School.

Registration:  http://onrep.forestry.oregonstate.edu/workshops

Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location: Silverton, OR

Audience: 5th and 6th grade teachers who participate in or work with Outdoor School

Cost: PDUs and substitute reimbursement available

Description: Bringing students outdoors provides natural opportunities to slow down, connect, and build social emotional learning skills (SEL). Research supports that many children who attend outdoor school have growth in self-esteem, conflict resolution, relationships with peers, problem solving and motivation to learn. In this day-long workshop, we will share strategies for embedding SEL into outdoor activities such as nature journaling and student centered investigations. You will participate in activities that build and extend students confidence and knowledge as they lead up to and return from outdoor school. This workshop is intended for 5th and 6th grade teachers who participate in or work with Outdoor School.

Registration: http://onrep.forestry.oregonstate.edu/workshops

Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location: Central Point, OR

Audience: Outdoor school providers*

Cost: Substitute reimbursement available

Description: Are you an outdoor school provider* interested in developing, improving, and/or revising your programs curriculum? This workshop is for you! During this day-long workshop we will explore some of the characteristics of high-quality curriculum while practicing using the Outdoor School Instructional Resource Self-Evaluation Tool. Participants will learn strategies for revising and/or developing activities using the “Creating Effective Outdoor Science Activities” guide developed by the BEETLES Program of The Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley. This model uses the learning cycle to guide the process and lays out a student-centered approach to designing science activities focused on exploring and figuring out the mysteries of nature. Each participant will receive a copy of the Creating Effective Outdoor Science Activities Guide and lunch. $100 stipends are available to those non-formal educators not able to be paid through their organization for attending. Limited travel reimbursements available for those outside the Central Point Medford area but within the Southern Oregon Region. 

*Outdoor school providers are those who provide outdoor school programming to 5th or 6th grade students as part of a week-long experience. This could include non-profit organizations, schools and districts, and/or natural resource organizations.

Note: This workshop is for outdoor school providers and will be a continuation of the ODS provider conference session held January 22nd and 23rd that will introduce the NEW OSU Outdoor School Program Self-Evaluation Tool. If you attended the conference, we highly recommend that you attend this professional development. If you are not able to be at the conference, this professional development will still be valuable for you to attend!

Registration: http://onrep.forestry.oregonstate.edu/creating-high-quality-outdoor-science-activities-registration

Time: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Location: Wolf Creek, OR

Audience: For teachers and educators working with 5th – 6th grade youth going to outdoor school

Cost: Free; Substitute reimbursement and PDUs are available

Details: Where better to explore ecological interdependence, growth and development of organisms, structure and function, adaptation, and the environmental impact of human activity than in an outdoor classroom? In this workshop you will learn how outdoor school inspires curiosity and enthusiasm in your students that can continue back in the classroom and schoolyard with effective inquiry investigations. Using lessons from the Project Learning Tree activity guide, participants will learn how to use the outdoors as a meaningful context in which their students can engage in Next Generation Science and Engineering Practices and use outdoor based science lessons to reinforce English Language Arts. Lunch included. Participants who attend the entire workshop will receive the Project Learning Tree PreK- 8 guide.

Please register online: http://onrep.forestry.oregonstate.edu/workshopshttps://forms.gle/HoXx61uHRFCGVmHi6

Time: January 21 - Pre-Workshop Event, January 22, 2020 start at 10:30 am and end on January 23 at 3:30 pm

Location: Camp Tadmor (near Lebanon, Oregon)

Audience: Individuals involved in outdoor school programming

Cost: $25 per attendee

Questions: Please contact Friends of Outdoor School at (971) 303-8914.

Details: Please mark your calendars for January 22-23, 2020, for a lively event with opportunities for networking, sharing best practices, and building partnerships. If you are focused on creating a solid business model for Outdoor School, are concerned with facilities upgrades and maintenance, design and implement programming, and engage in ensuring inclusive and equitable experiences for youth, the planning team is creating an agenda that will meet your needs.

Registration Link: Pending

2019 Events and Workshops

The events listed below were hosted by Outdoor School during the 2019 year.

Time: 9:00am-3:00pm

Location: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve

Site Address: 2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy Site City: Hillsboro Site State: OR Site Zip: 97123

Focused Grade Levels: 3-5 and 6-8. (Workshop intended for educators in grades 5-6 that work with outdoor school.)

Website: https://www.jacksonbottom.org

Workshop Description: Bringing students outdoors provides natural opportunities to slow down, connect, and build social emotional learning skills (SEL). Research supports that many children who attend outdoor school have growth in self-esteem, conflict resolution, relationships with peers, problem solving and motivation to learn. In this day-long workshop, we will share strategies for embedding SEL into outdoor activities such as nature journaling and student centered investigations. You will participate in activities that build and extend students confidence and knowledge as they lead up to and return from outdoor school. This workshop is targeted for 5th and 6th grade teachers who participate in or work with Outdoor School.

Registration Link: http://onrep.forestry.oregonstate.edu/workshops/ods-building-social-emotional-skills-through-outdoor-learning

Time: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Location: Roseburg, OR 

Audience: For fifth- and sixth-grade outdoor school educators, both formal and informal

Cost: FREE

Questions: Please contact Amy.Hoffman@oregonstate.edu, or call (541) 552-6404.

Details: Where better to explore ecological interdependence, growth and development of organisms, structure and function, adaptation, and the environmental impact of human activity than in an outdoor classroom? In this workshop you will learn how outdoor school inspires curiosity and enthusiasm in your students that can continue back in the classroom and schoolyard with effective inquiry investigations. Using lessons from the Project Learning Tree activity guide, participants will learn how to use the outdoors as a meaningful context in which their students can engage in Next Generation Science and Engineering Practices and use outdoor based science lessons to reinforce English Language Arts. Lunch included. This workshop is offered at no cost and is intended for teachers and educators working with 5th – 6th grade youth going to outdoor school.

Presenters: Amy Hoffman, Outdoor School program Southern Regional Coordinator

Registration Link: http://onrep.forestry.oregonstate.edu/workshops/registration

Time: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Location: Pendleton, OR

Audience: For fifth- and sixth-grade outdoor school educators

Cost: FREE

Questions: Please contact Dr. Spirit Brooks at spirit.brooks@oregonstate.edu, (541) 737-2391 or Katie Chipko at katie@childrensforestco.org, (541)383-5592

Details: Discover how the topic of fire can span disciplines such as science, art, geology and writing. In this workshop, we will integrate English Language Arts (ELA) and science in an engaging, hands-on way and share strategies for building students’ knowledge of the outdoor environment. Through nature journaling, collaborative and cooperative explorations, and reflection, you will learn how outdoor school inspires curiosity and enthusiasm in your students that can continue back in the classroom and schoolyard. Using lessons from the Project Learning Tree activity guide, participants will learn how to use fire as a real-world, meaningful context in which their students can engage in interdisciplinary activities.  Lunch included. Participants who attend the entire workshop will receive the Project Learning Tree PreK- 8 guide.This workshop is offered at no cost and is intended for teachers and educators working with 5th– 6thgrade youth going to Outdoor School.  Substitute reimbursement and PDUs available. Priority registration will be given to Intermountain School District Educators.

Please register online here: http://onrep.forestry.oregonstate.edu/workshops

Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Location: Lane Community College, 4000 E 30th Ave, Eugene, OR 97405

Audience: For fifth- and sixth-grade educators, both formal and informal

Cost: $50.00 Accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, and Check.

Questions: Please contact Charissa Jones, Charissa.Jones@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-1333.

Details: Outdoor School for All means every student in Oregon deserves an inclusive, impactful, and high quality outdoor school experience. Join us as part of the Oregon Science Teachers Association (OSTA) Annual Conference and explore active teaching techniques that allow a student’s lived experience to be a part of their science investigations. Experience a framework in which students name what they notice, explore what they wonder about, seek meaning, and relate observations back to their own lives. Investigating natural science with this student centered approach allows learning to become more personally and culturally relevant. Be prepared to spend an hour of this session outdoors, rain or shine. Included in session will be updates on Oregon’s growing outdoor school programming, alignment with NGSS, and a review of the Outdoor School Instructional Resource Rubric.

Presenters: Benno Lyon, Charissa Jones and Amy Hoffman, OSU Extension Outdoor School Program.

3 PDUs will be provided upon completion of this workshop.

Registration Link: https://oregonscience.org/event-3491643

Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Location: Lake County Extension Office, 103 South E Street, Lakeview, OR 97630

Audience: All southern Oregon district superintendents, principals, 5th or 6th grade educators, informal educators, providers, and parents/guardians are welcome to attend. Children are also welcome.

Cost: FREE

Questions: Please contact Amy Hoffman at amy.hoffman@oregonstate.edu, (541) 552-6404

Details:  The OSU Extension Service Outdoor School Program Office Team invites you to attend an Outdoor School Measure 99 Funding information and listening session on Monday, September 30th 2019 from 6–8pm. This will be an opportunity to ask questions, plan for next year, and learn how your district can get involved.

Pizza will be provided, so please RSVP online at https://bit.ly/2KJG2br

Download and share the flyer here.

Time: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Location: 2804 SW 6th St, Redmond, OR 97756 (High Desert ESD)

Audience: For fifth- and sixth-grade educators, both formal and informal

Cost: Substitute reimbursement is available for classroom teachers

Questions: Please contact Dr. Spirit Brooks at spirit.brooks@oregonstate.edu, (541) 737-2391 or Katie Chipko at katie@childrensforestco.org, (541)383-5592

Details: This workshop explores culturally responsive/ responsible incorporation of indigenous studies concepts into outdoor education curriculum and programming that may be used in 5th or 6th grade outdoor schools.

Participants in the workshop will be asked to be a part of a larger study and community of practice that explores the impact of learning how to incorporate indigenous studies concepts into outdoor education curriculum using a “Critical Orientations to Outdoor Education” Curriculum tool, but participation in the study is optional, and attendees can still attend the workshop even if they choose not to participate in the study. More information about the research study, the agenda, and some pre-reading will follow registration.

Light Breakfast, Coffee and Tea, and Lunch will be provided.

Please register online by September 6: https://forms.gle/HoXx61uHRFCGVmHi6

Download and share the flyer here.

Time:  9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Location: Beverly Beach State Park in Newport, OR

Audience: Fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade educators

Cost: $30 (includes lunch, PDUs, materials, and a copy of the book Ellie’s Strand)

Questions: renee.oneill@oregonstate.edu

Details:

Join us for an educator professional development workshop with the authors of the book Ellie’s Strand: Exploring the Edge of the Pacific. At this daylong in-person event at the beach, formal and informal educators will connect literature with nature journaling, observation, and coastal stewardship. Using the book as a framework, we will explore ways to make coastal and marine issues culturally- and environmentally-relevant for upper elementary students.

Following the summer workshop, we will hold three online Community of Practice Sessions during the school year to keep the momentum going!

Are you a fifth- or sixth-grade teacher who will be taking your students to Outdoor School during the 2019-20 school year? Oregon Outdoor School has limited scholarships to reimburse teachers who participate in this workshop! In addition, teachers from other regions whose students visit the coast as part of their outdoor school experience are eligible to receive travel support to attend this workshop.

To register, please visit: https://oregoncoaststem.oregonstate.edu/feature-story/ellies-strand and click on the registration link

Download and share the flyer: https://oregoncoaststem.oregonstate.edu/sites/oregoncoaststem.oregonstate.edu/files/Prof-Devel/190808-discoveries.pdf

Time: 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Location: McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR 97211

Audience: Outdoor School Providers

Questions: kim@friendsofoutdoorschool.org

Details: 

Join us for an informal gathering of people who love Outdoor School. Network, meet each other, and explore opportunities to help support Outdoor School!

No matter your skill set, time availability, or experience level, there are opportunities for you to publicly express your commitment to and belief in the benefits of this amazing program and transformative experience for students.

Let’s work together to achieve our shared vision: that EVERY student in Oregon attends a week of Outdoor School!

For more information and to register, please click here.

Time: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Location: Medford, OR

Audience: 5th and 6th grade educators, formal and non-formal

Questions: spirit.brooks@oregonstate.edu or amy.hoffman@oregonstate.edu

Details: 

This workshop explores culturally responsive/responsible incorporation of indigenous studies concepts into outdoor education curriculum and programming that may be used in 5th or 6th grade outdoor schools.

Participants in the workshop will be asked to be a part of a larger study that explores the impact of learning how to incorporate indigenous studies concepts into outdoor education curriculum using a “Critical Orientations to Outdoor Education” Curriculum tool, but participation in the study is optional, and attendees can still attend the workshop even if they choose not to participate in the study.  More information about the research study, the agenda, and some pre-reading will follow registration.

The workshop will be on March 31st from 8:30 am-4:00 pm, Light Breakfast, Coffee and Tea, and Lunch will be provided.

Substitute reimbursement is available for classroom teachers.

Register here by May 20th, 2019.

Time: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Location: Tillamook Forest Center, Tillamook, OR

Audience: 5th and 6th grade educators, formal and non-formal

Curriculum: 

  • Project Learning Tree PreK-8 Guide
  • Aquatic WILD 

Are you a fifth or sixth-grade teacher whose students will attend Outdoor School? Would you like to strengthen the concepts your students learn at Outdoor School? Here is a free workshop for you!

 What you will get:

  • Methods and strategies to enhance and extend students’ Outdoor School experiences.
  • Content knowledge, skills, and materials needed to develop and use natural-resources-based lessons that are aligned with outdoor school curricula, state standards, and statewide environmental literacy programs.
  • Lessons that can be used in the field or the classroom, before or after Outdoor School.
  • PLT and Aquatic WILD curricula included at no cost with attendance.
  • Oregon State University Outdoor School specialists available as a resource

Register here.

This workshop was rescheduled from March 1st to April 10th to May 8th, 2019.

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!