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Outdoor School Events and Workshops


We invite you to join us for the following events and workshops. For past events, a recording will be linked in the event listing where one is available. We invite you to contact us if you would like to request a workshop or event that you don't see listed here. 

Please read the event details for information about whether stipends and/or substitute reimbursements are available for a particular event. More information about these funds is available on our Stipends and Substitute Reimbursements page.

Outdoor School Events and Workshops


We invite you to join us for the following events and workshops. For past events, a recording will be linked in the event listing where one is available. We invite you to contact us if you would like to request a workshop or event that you don't see listed here. 

Please read the event details for information about whether stipends and/or substitute reimbursements are available for a particular event. More information about these funds is available on our Stipends and Substitute Reimbursements page.

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2021 Events and Workshops

Upcoming 2021 Events and Workshops

Outdoor school educators are joining together in this informal group to share lessons learned, to discuss solutions to challenges, and to build a stronger outdoor school community. The meetings are informal and are driven by questions and discussion items from participants. You are welcome to come to as many of the meetings as you would like! You are not required to attend every meeting to be part of the group. 

When: December 16 on Thursday from 2-3 p.m. 

Where: Zoom 

Registration: Register via Zoom. The Zoom registration is set up as a recurring meeting. You only need to register once. When you register, Zoom will email you a link that you will use to join all of the meetings. Your registration email will include an option to download a recurring calendar invitation if you would like to add the meetings to your calendar.

Contact: Kristi Backe, Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator

Accommodations: Please contact Kristi Backe if you would like to request accommodations to make your participation possible.

Outdoor school educators are joining together in this informal group to share lessons learned, to discuss solutions to challenges, and to build a stronger outdoor school community. The meetings are informal and are driven by questions and discussion items from participants. You are welcome to come to as many of the meetings as you would like! You are not required to attend every meeting to be part of the group. 

When: December 2 on Thursday from 2-3 p.m. 

Where: Zoom 

Registration: Register via Zoom. The Zoom registration is set up as a recurring meeting. You only need to register once. When you register, Zoom will email you a link that you will use to join all of the meetings. Your registration email will include an option to download a recurring calendar invitation if you would like to add the meetings to your calendar.

Contact: Kristi Backe, Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator

Accommodations: Please contact Kristi Backe if you would like to request accommodations to make your participation possible.

Outdoor school educators are joining together in this informal group to share lessons learned, to discuss solutions to challenges, and to build a stronger outdoor school community. The meetings are informal and are driven by questions and discussion items from participants. You are welcome to come to as many of the meetings as you would like! You are not required to attend every meeting to be part of the group. 

When: November 18 on Thursday from 2-3 p.m. 

Where: Zoom 

Registration: Register via Zoom. The Zoom registration is set up as a recurring meeting. You only need to register once. When you register, Zoom will email you a link that you will use to join all of the meetings. Your registration email will include an option to download a recurring calendar invitation if you would like to add the meetings to your calendar.

Contact: Kristi Backe, Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator

Accommodations: Please contact Kristi Backe if you would like to request accommodations to make your participation possible.

Past 2021 Events and Workshops

Outdoor school educators are joining together in this informal group to share lessons learned, to discuss solutions to challenges, and to build a stronger outdoor school community. The meetings are informal and are driven by questions and discussion items from participants. You are welcome to come to as many of the meetings as you would like! You are not required to attend every meeting to be part of the group. 

When: November 4 on Thursday from 2-3 p.m. 

Where: Zoom 

Registration: Register via Zoom. The Zoom registration is set up as a recurring meeting. You only need to register once. When you register, Zoom will email you a link that you will use to join all of the meetings. Your registration email will include an option to download a recurring calendar invitation if you would like to add the meetings to your calendar.

Contact: Kristi Backe, Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator

Accommodations: Please contact Kristi Backe if you would like to request accommodations to make your participation possible.

Stop by and connect with other folks in your regional outdoor school network in an informal space intended to build community and allow for networking. These drop-ins are a space to connect, strategize, or just chat. Whether you join for 10 minutes or join for the entire time - we welcome you!

Stop by and connect with other folks in your regional outdoor school network in an informal space intended to build community and allow for networking. These drop-ins are a space to connect, strategize, or just chat. Whether you join for 10 minutes or join for the entire time - we welcome you!

Learner variability is the norm, not the exception. In this workshop, Susan Coleman, a Teacher on Special Assignment for Springfield Public Schools, joins us to explore how we can plan for learner variability at outdoor school. The workshop will focus on Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a framework for teaching in a way that supports all learners in accessing and participating in meaningful learning experiences.

The workshop is broken into two sessions, with the option to apply some of the strategies from the first session into your real-world interactions with children before the second session. Not currently working or interacting with children? No problem – you’re invited to join us anyways! You will be automatically signed up for both sessions when you register at the link below. 

Date: Wednesday, July 21st AND Wednesday, July 28th, 2021

Time: 3 to 5 p.m. (on both dates)

Location: Zoom

Registration: Registration is closed for this event.

Contact: Kristi Backe, Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator

Accommodations: Please contact Kristi Backe or outdoorschool@oregonstate.edu if you would like to request accommodations to make your participation possible. 

Substitute Reimbursements: Substitute reimbursements (including for summer school) are available to Oregon teachers who support students attending Measure 99-funded outdoor school. For more details and the full eligibility criteria, please see our Stipends, Substitute Reimbursements, and PDUs page.

Stipends: An $80 stipend is available for Oregon outdoor school educators who are not being compensated by another source for the time they attend the workshop. This includes nonformal educators who work/volunteer for Measure 99-funded outdoor school programs and formal educators who work with students attending Measure 99-funded outdoor school. For more details and the full eligibility criteria, please see our Stipends, Substitute Reimbursements, and PDUs page.

Professional Development Units (PDUs): PDUs are available for this workshop.

You do NOT need to request substitute reimbursements, stipends, or PDUs in advance, though you are welcome to contact Kristi Backe if you have questions about your eligibility.

We are pleased to welcome the Native Wellness Institute to provide a "Through an Indigenous Lens: Being Trauma and Healing Informed" training for outdoor school educators. Participants will be led through a historical journey that will open hearts, minds and conversation to better understanding trauma, behaviors, healing and serving youth and families in a good way. Cultural perspectives, tribal stories and solution-oriented strategies will be shared and discussed. This event will NOT be recorded.

Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (with a break from 10:30 to 11 a.m.)

Location: Zoom

Registration: Register for the Zoom link. Zoom will send you a confirmation email that contains a link for joining the workshop.

Contact: Kristi Backe, Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator

Accommodations: Please contact Kristi Backe or outdoorschool@oregonstate.edu if you would like to request accommodations to make your participation possible. 

Substitute Reimbursements: Substitute reimbursements (including for summer school) are available to Oregon teachers who support students attending Measure 99-funded outdoor school. For more details and the full eligibility criteria, please see our Stipends, Substitute Reimbursements, and PDUs page.

Stipends: An $80 stipend is available for Oregon outdoor school educators who are not being compensated by another source for the time they attend the workshop. This includes nonformal educators who work/volunteer for Measure 99-funded outdoor school programs and formal educators who work with students attending Measure 99-funded outdoor school. For more details and the full eligibility criteria, please see our Stipends, Substitute Reimbursements, and PDUs page.

Professional Development Units (PDUs): PDUs are available for this workshop.

You do NOT need to request substitute reimbursements, stipends, or PDUs in advance, though you are welcome to contact Kristi Backe if you have questions about your eligibility.

Do you have questions about 2021-2022 outdoor school? Join us for a brief update about outdoor school reports, applications, and our COVID-19 response strategies. We will spend most of the time answering questions from participants. The session will be recorded and posted on the OSU Extension Service Outdoor School website. If you are not able to attend but have a question you would like to see addressed during the session (and captured in the recording for you to view later), please send your question to outdoorschool@oregonstate.edu

Date: Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

Time: 3 to 4 p.m. 

Location: Zoom

Recording: This meeting was recorded. Please visit our COVID-19 Webinars page to view the recording.

Contact: Kristi Backe, Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator, or outdoorschool@oregonstate.edu

Accommodations: Please contact Kristi Backe or outdoorschool@oregonstate.edu if you would like to request accommodations to make your participation possible. 

This three-part series featuring instructional tools from the BEETLES Project (beetlesproject.org) will equip STEAM professionals (i.e., Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math professionals) with the skills and self-efficacy to facilitate equitable and engaging lessons with youth at outreach events, including outdoor school. This third session will provide a step-by-step process to create effective STEAM activities. Participants will collaboratively create a lesson plan with a purposeful flow that includes appropriate instructional strategies by scaffolding their content into a provided lesson plan template.

Please visit our Workshop Series page for details on this training (and the others in the series) and to register. 

Stop by and connect with other folks in your regional outdoor school network in an informal space intended to build community and allow for networking. These drop-ins are a space to connect, strategize, or just chat. Whether you join for 10 minutes or join for the entire time - we welcome you!

Based on the amazing feedback of outdoor school educators, we have updated our Instructional Resource Self-Evaluation Tool (IRSET). The IRSET is designed to support programs in evaluating and improving their outdoor school instructional resources (e.g., lesson plans) and curriculum. Join us online for an introduction to IRSET Version 3.0! During this event, we will highlight the changes we’ve made in Version 3.0, walk through how the tool is used, share tips and strategies for using it with your team, and point you to resources that may be useful as you use the tool. The webinar will be recorded and available on the OSU Extension Service Outdoor School website for later viewing.

Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021

Time: 10:30 a.m. to noon

Location: Zoom

Registration: Register for the Zoom link. Zoom will send you a confirmation email that contains a link for joining the event.

Contact: Kristi Backe, Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator

Accommodations: Please contact Kristi Backe if you would like to request accommodations to make your participation possible. 

This three-part series featuring instructional tools from the BEETLES Project (beetlesproject.org) will equip STEAM professionals (i.e., Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math professionals) with the skills and self-efficacy to facilitate equitable and engaging lessons with youth at outreach events, including outdoor school. This second workshop focuses on making observations and questioning strategies as key foundational skills to encourage direct student engagement with nature and STEAM content.

Please visit our Workshop Series page for details on this training (and the others in the series) and to register. 

Stop by and connect with other folks in your regional outdoor school network in an informal space intended to build community and allow for networking. These drop-ins are a space to connect, strategize, or just chat. Whether you join for 10 minutes or join for the entire time - we welcome you!

This three-part series featuring instructional tools from the BEETLES Project (beetlesproject.org) will equip STEAM professionals (i.e., Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math professionals) with the skills and self-efficacy to facilitate equitable and engaging lessons with youth at outreach events, including outdoor school. This first workshop explores how people learn and then how to prepare field experiences to help learners build understanding about concepts taught by STEAM professionals.

Please visit our Workshop Series page for details on this training (and the others in the series) and to register. 

How can outdoor school programs develop policies and systems that are trauma-informed? In this session (the third of three), Celeste Janssen, the director of the Institute for Youth Success at Education Northwest, will lead outdoor school program coordinators and directors in examining the policies and practices that can support outdoor school teams in their journey to become trauma-informed programs. Celeste will use outdoor school-specific examples and interactive elements to engage you in reflecting on your own program.

Please visit our Workshop Series page for details on this training (and the others in the series), to register, and to access the recording of Session 1. Session 1 is a prerequisite for this session.

What does it look like to implement strategies for supporting students and adults an a trauma-informed way? In this session (the second of three), Celeste Janssen, the director of the Institute for Youth Success at Education Northwest, will lead educators (teachers, field instructors, outdoor school program coordinators/directors, and others) in thinking about their own techniques to manage trauma responses both in themselves and in youth they serve. 

Please visit our Workshop Series page for details on this training (and the others in the series), to register, and to access the recording of Session 1. Session 1 is a prerequisite for this session.

Using the Essential Question: “How does the ecosystem determine fire risk?” as a framework, we will engage in activities that incorporate maps, models and reading to build knowledge about living and nonliving factors in three Oregon forest ecosystems, and consider how these factors can affect fire risk. We will introduce the new “K-12 Fire Essential Question Progression”, a resource for educators, to discuss and practice incorporating fire into your teaching and learning, while considering some of the challenges involved in exploring fire concepts with students.

Date: Monday, March 15

Time: 1 to 5 p.m.

Location: Zoom

Registration: Please register for this workshop through the Oregon Natural Resources Education Program (ONREP) website.

Contact: Oregon Natural Resources Education Program

Accommodations: Please contact the Oregon Natural Resources Education Program or Kristi Backe if you would like to request accommodations to make your participation possible. 

Stipends: Nonformal outdoor school educators who attend this workshop may be eligible for an $80 stipend paid by Measure 99 funds. You are eligible for a stipend if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • are not being compensated by an employer or from another source while attending the workshop
  • have worked/volunteered for an outdoor school receiving Measure 99 funds in the last two years OR have a Gray Family Foundation outdoor school planning grant
  • will work/volunteer for an outdoor school receiving Measure 99 funds in 2020-2021
  • participate fully in the professional development event, including completion of all surveys

Please see our Stipends and Substitute Reimbursements page for more details about eligibility and the process for requesting a stipend.

An individual nonformal educator is eligible for a maximum of $200 per year in professional development stipends for outdoor school workshops. If you have questions about the stipend or your eligibility, please contact Kristi Backe, the OSU Extension Service Outdoor School program's Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator.

Substitute Reimbursements and Professional Development Units (PDUs) are available for this workshop.

Stop by and connect with other folks in your regional outdoor school network in an informal space intended to build community and allow for networking. These drop-ins are a space to connect, strategize, or just chat. Whether you join for 10 minutes or join for the entire time - we welcome you!

The OSU Extension Service Outdoor School program recently launched two equity grants for Outdoor School Providers and Facilities. The first grant focuses on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) program improvement while the second grant focuses on Accessibility and Inclusion site improvement. As part of our efforts to support the outdoor school network, we are convening a panel presentation to introduce outdoor school providers, sites, and educators to the amazing organizations, consultants, and facilitators with EDI curriculum and facilitation expertise here in Oregon. Panelists will discuss the benefits of a facilitated EDI process and some of the services they offer to support the outdoor school network in their journey towards centering accessibility, equity, diversity, and inclusion in their programs.

Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.

To view a recording of this panel, please click here.

Contact: Sarah Cuddy, Eastern Regional Coordinator

Accommodations: Please contact Sarah Cuddy or outdoorschool@oregonstate.edu if you would like to request accommodations to make your participation possible. 

In the first of a three-part series, we are pleased to welcome Celeste Janssen, the director of the Institute for Youth Success at Education Northwest, to facilitate this session about brain development, how trauma affects the brain, and brain regulation and dysregulation. The training will feature material from brain researchers, policy makers, and trauma-informed practice experts and answer questions like “What does it mean to have a trauma response?” This session will provide the basis for Sessions 2 and 3.

Please visit our Workshop Series page for details on this training (and the others in the series) and to register.

Together with Friends of Outdoor School, we are providing a forum where you can join together with other outdoor school stakeholders in your region. In this Gathering, we will cover Oregon Department of Education (ODE) Guidance and funding, give examples of Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) and in-person programs, talk about consideration for spring programming, and allow time for planning and questions. These regional gatherings will not be recorded.

If you work in multiple regions or with students from multiple regions, you are welcome to join more than one gathering or choose the one that makes most sense for you. 

In this discussion group (hosted in partnership with the Oregon Natural Resources Education Program (ONREP)), participants will explore why equity is central to supporting social-emotional learning (SEL) and how it relates to trauma-informed care (TIC). We will be providing each participant with one thought-provoking article and one short information sheet to read prior to the meeting. The discussion groups will follow a jigsaw method format. We invite you to join this opportunity to engage with others, share your thoughts, and deepen your understanding of equity.

Date: Thursday, January 28

Time: 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Format: Interactive, online (Zoom)

Registration required. Registration closes at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

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

Offered at no cost to formal and nonformal Oregon educators. PDUs available.

Join us to learn about our new Special Education and Accessibility Self-Evaluation Tool, the third tool in our suite of self-evaluation tools. This tool is designed to support outdoor school programs in implementing policies and practices that support students with exceptional needs at outdoor school. During this event, we will describe the purpose of the tool, explain how it is structured, walk through how it is used, share tips and strategies for using it with your team, and point you to resources that may be useful as you use the tool. The session will be recorded and available on the OSU Extension Service Outdoor School website for later viewing.

Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Location: Zoom

Registration: Register for the Zoom link. Zoom will send you a confirmation email that contains a link for joining the webinar.

Contact: Kristi Backe, Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator

Accommodations: Please contact Kristi Backe or outdoorschool@oregonstate.edu if you would like to request accommodations to make your participation possible. 

2020 Events and Workshops

Many educators around the state are in the process of planning and implementing Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) outdoor school programs, and we're convening a panel where four of these educators share the lessons they're learning along the way. Panelists range from a small district that organizes their own outdoor school to a large program that serves more than 10,000 students. No matter the size or structure of your outdoor school program, we invite you to join us! You will have opportunities to ask questions of the panelists as well as (optionally) share your own successes and challenges with CDL outdoor school. This discussion was recorded and is now available on our website.

Date/Time: Friday, December 18, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. (It's okay if you need to leave early!)

Contact: Kristi Backe at Kristi.Backe@oregonstate.edu

Accommodations: Please contact Kristi or email us at outdoorschool@oregonstate.edu if we can provide accommodations to make your participation possible. 

Want more? This panel was inspired by the amazing conversations emerging from our ongoing Curriculum Community of Practice, which you can sign up for on this page (a couple of rows down from where you're reading right now).

Stop by and connect with other folks in your regional outdoor school network in an informal space intended to build community and allow for networking. These drop-ins are a space to connect, strategize, or just chat. Whether you join for 10 minutes or join for the entire time - we welcome you!

Outdoor school educators are joining together in this informal group to learn about how other programs are modifying outdoor school for 2020-2021, to share lessons learned, to discuss solutions to challenges, and to build a stronger outdoor school community.

When: Every other Thursday from 2-3 p.m. You are welcome to come to as many of the meetings as you would like. You are not required to attend every meeting to be part of the group. 

Fall 2020 dates:

  • November 5th
  • November 19th
  • December 3rd
  • December 17th
  • December 31st (no meeting)

Where: Zoom 

Registration: Register via Zoom. The Zoom registration is set up as a recurring meeting. You only need to register once. When you register, Zoom will email you a link that you will use to join all of the meetings. Your registration email will include an option to download a recurring calendar invitation if you would like to add the meetings to your calendar.

Format: The meetings are fairly informal. In general they will begin with a shareout from an outdoor school program that is currently developing and/or implementing modified outdoor school program(s). The discussion will proceed from there, driven by participants' questions, into an open forum.

Goals: Currently, the main goals are to:

  • Learn about how other programs are implementing modified outdoor school programs 
  • Discuss lessons learned and how to address challenges while developing and delivering modified programming
  • Build a community that can lift each other up

If you would like to read more about the specific questions that educators are interested in answering as part of this group, you can do so here.

Contact: Kristi Backe, Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator

Accommodations: Please contact Kristi Backe if you would like to request accommodations to make your participation possible. 

This self-paced online course supports outdoor educators in engaging with culturally responsive incorporation of indigenous studies concepts into outdoor education curriculum and programming. 

Created by Dr. Spirit Brooks and Dr. Leilani Sabzalian, the course introduces the following concepts:

  • Land Acknowledgement
  • Colonization
  • Native Representation in Outdoor Education
  • Sovereignty and Self-Determination
  • Critically analyzing curriculum using the 6 P’s
  • Land-Based Education

Register online for free through OSU Extension Professional and Continuing Education.

If you are considering applying for an Outdoor School Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion grant, we encourage you to join this Question and Answer session to learn more about the grant program. The session will begin with a brief overview of the grant opportunities, with most of the time dedicated to answering questions from attendees.

Date/Time: Monday, December 7 at 11:30 a.m.

Registration: Register via Zoom.

Contact: Rita Bauer at Rita.Bauer@oregonstate.edu or (541) 737-4391

Accommodations: Please contact Rita or email us at outdoorschool@oregonstate.edu if we can provide accommodations to make your participation possible. 

In this webinar, we will introduce our new Cultural Responsiveness Self-Evaluation Tool, designed to support programs in becoming more culturally responsive. We will describe the purpose of the tool, explain how it is structured, walk through how it is used, share tips and strategies for using it with your team, and point you to resources that may be useful as you use the tool. The webinar will be recorded and available on the OSU Extension Service Outdoor School website for later viewing.

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020

Time: 11 a.m. to noon

Location: Zoom

Registration: Register for the Zoom link. Zoom will send you a confirmation email that contains a link for joining the webinar.

Contact: Kristi Backe, Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator

Accommodations: Please contact Kristi Backe if you would like to request accommodations to make your participation possible. 

Stop by and connect with other folks in your regional outdoor school network in an informal space intended to build community and allow for networking. These drop-ins are a space to connect, strategize, or just chat. Whether you join for 10 minutes or join for the entire time - we welcome you!

Outdoor School will look different this year. In this interactive virtual workshop, you will participate in outdoor school activities, including several from the BEETLES Project, that can be implemented in a variety of situations including physically distanced in-person and distance learning programs. We will cover tools and strategies to engage our students, such as on- and off-screen explorations, online sharing platforms, and logistical considerations. Utilizing observation, exploration, journaling, and discussion routines, you will experience how outdoor school can inspire curiosity and enthusiasm in your students - even during this challenging year! 

Note: This workshop is a repeat of the workshop that we ran on September 28-29, 2020. 

This is a two-part workshop. Please register for BOTH sessions.

Tuesday, October 27th, 2:00-3:30 p.m. (Register here)

AND

Thursday, October 29th, 2:00-3:30 p.m. (Register here)

Accommodations: Please contact us at outdoorschool@oregonstate.edu if we can provide accommodations to make your participation possible. 

Stipends:  We are able to offer a stipend of $60 for this workshop to Oregon outdoor school educators who meet the following criteria:

  • are not being compensated by an employer while attending the workshop
  • have worked/volunteered for an outdoor school receiving Measure 99 funds in the last two years OR have a Gray Family Foundation outdoor school planning grant
  • plan to work/volunteer for an outdoor school receiving Measure 99 funds in 2020-2021

Classroom teachers are eligible for substitute reimbursements.

Questions: Contact Kristi Backe, Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator

Outdoor School will look different this year. In this interactive virtual workshop, you will participate in outdoor school activities, including several from the BEETLES Project, that can be implemented in a variety of situations including physically distanced in-person and distance learning programs. We will cover tools and strategies to engage our students, such as on- and off-screen explorations, online sharing platforms, and logistical considerations. Utilizing observation, exploration, journaling, and discussion routines, you will experience how outdoor school can inspire curiosity and enthusiasm in your students - even during this challenging year! 

This workshop will NOT be recorded. Space is limited, so consider signing up today! (Note: We will be happy to run this workshop again at a later date if this one fills quickly.)

This is a two-part workshop. Please register for BOTH sessions.

Monday, September 28th, 10:00 -11:30 a.m. 

AND

Tuesday, September 29th, 10:00-11:30 a.m. 

Accommodations: Please contact us at outdoorschool@oregonstate.edu if we can provide accommodations to make your participation possible.  

Stipends:  We are able to offer a stipend of $60 for this workshop to Oregon outdoor school educators who meet the following criteria:

  • are not being compensated by an employer while attending the workshop
  • have worked/volunteered for an outdoor school receiving Measure 99 funds in the last two years OR have a Gray Family Foundation outdoor school planning grant
  • plan to work/volunteer for an outdoor school receiving Measure 99 funds in 2020-2021

Classroom teachers are eligible for substitute reimbursements.

Questions: Contact Kristi Backe, Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator

Children and adults are likely to need extra support during outdoor school this year as they deal with disrupted schooling, continue to adapt to the pandemic, and experience a historic social justice movement. In this webinar, we will discuss how educators can develop their own and students' social and emotional skills during outdoor school - in whatever form outdoor school takes this year. We will explore the link between equity and social-emotional learning, share and practice strategies for supporting social-emotional competencies, and consider how social-emotional learning shows up in outdoor school this year and every year.

This webinar will be recorded and made available on our website.

Date: Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Link to webinar recording

Social-Emotional Learning at Outdoor School in 2020-2021 document

Accommodations: Please contact us at outdoorschool@oregonstate.edu if we can provide accommodations to make your participation possible.  

In partnership with the Friends of Outdoor School, we will be hosting Regional Gatherings in the days following the September 15th statewide webinar where you can ask follow-up questions and connect and network with folks in your area on outdoor school programming for the 2020-21 school year. These regional gatherings will not be recorded.

If you work in multiple regions or with students from multiple regions, you are welcome to join more than one gathering or choose the one that makes most sense for you. Please contact us at outdoorschool@oregonstate.edu or via the regional contacts listed below if there are accommodations we can provide to make your participation possible or more comfortable.

In this webinar, we will address 1) funding adjustments for the 2020-21 school year based on necessary program changes due to COVID-19 and 2) additional support and resources we will provide to help ease transitions or adjustments.

We welcome anyone connected to outdoor school on this webinar; including providers, site owners/operators, formal and non-formal educators, school/district administrators, and outdoor school providers and site staff. The webinar will be recorded and posted to our website for those who cannot attend.

When: Tuesday, September 15th, 10:00 a.m.

How to join: Click HERE to register and get the Zoom link for the webinar. 

Contact: Please contact us at outdoorschool@oregonstate.edu with questions and/or if there are accommodations we can provide to make your participation possible or more comfortable.

Stop by and connect with other folks in your regional outdoor school network in an informal space intended to build community and allow for networking. These drop-ins are a space to connect, strategize, or just chat. Whether you join for 10 minutes or join for the entire time - we welcome you!

Stop by and connect with other folks in your regional outdoor school network in an informal space intended to build community and allow for networking. These drop-ins are a space to connect, strategize, or just chat. Whether you join for 10 minutes or join for the entire time - we welcome you!

Stop by and connect with other folks in your regional outdoor school network in an informal space intended to build community and allow for networking. These drop-ins are a space to connect, strategize, or just chat. Whether you join for 10 minutes or join for the entire time - we welcome you!

Dates (same workshop repeated on two dates; choose one):

  • Thursday, June 4th, 9:00-10:30 am
  • Wednesday, June 10th, 2:00-3:30 pm

Audience: Educators (including providers, field instructors, and teachers) who work with 5th and 6th grade students attending outdoor school

Short Description: COVID-19 has introduced new uncertainty and social disconnection into our lives and the lives of our students. Outdoor school provides a unique opportunity for both educators and students to utilize the immersive nature experience to foster social and emotional skills in response to these challenges. We recognize that everyone experiences challenging times, such as the pandemic, differently. To address this, we will use an equity lens to identify, share, and compare strategies for supporting social-emotional learning (SEL) during outdoor school. We invite participants who are new to SEL and those who have plenty of experience supporting SEL in outdoor school.

Registration: This workshop is offered in partnership with the Oregon Natural Resources Education Program (ONREP). Please register on the ONREP workshops website.

Note: As this is a workshop and not a webinar, we are capping the number of participants. We will be happy to add additional dates if the workshops fill quickly.

Together with Friends of Outdoor School, we are providing a forum where you can join together virtually with other outdoor school stakeholders in your region to share your challenges and successes, build a stronger Oregon outdoor school community, and tell us about the support you need moving forward. To facilitate discussion and promote collaboration, we are holding separate virtual gatherings in each region. If your outdoor school has locations in multiple regions or serves students from multiple regions, you are welcome to join more than one gathering. Please register for any gatherings you plan to attend.

To promote open sharing of ideas and information, these gatherings will not be recorded.

Central Region

When: Tuesday, May 19th, 1:30-2:30pm

Description: Join us to discuss how we can continue building a strong outdoor school community in the Central region during the current COVID-19 closures and in the long term. We will provide a forum for you to connect with other stakeholders to share your challenges and successes, learn from each other, and request support from us.

Contact: Kristi Backe at Kristi.Backe@oregonstate.edu

 

Eastern Region

When: Tuesday, May 19th, 10:00am-12:00pm

Description: During this gathering, we’ll continue to build our outdoor school network, share ideas, and brainstorm solutions to the unique challenges we face in the eastern region. We will have breakout rooms for smaller group discussions and some information sharing as a large group around outdoor school as it relates to COVID-19 and generally in eastern Oregon.

Contact: Sarah Cuddy at Sarah.Cuddy@oregonstate.edu

 

Northern Region

When: Thursday, May 21st, 1:00-3:00pm

Description: We’ll hear from a panel of teachers and school district folks on how students are coping with distance learning, and how our outdoor school community can support teachers and students.  There will be several “breakout sessions” where you’ll be able to connect with colleagues.  This is not a one-sided webinar, it is a gathering to allow us to check in and collaborate. Let’s continue to build our network, support each other, and look for creative solutions to the challenges we face. 

Contact: Benno Lyon at Benno.Lyon@oregonstate.edu

 

Southern Region

When: Tuesday, May 12th, 3:30-4:30pm

Description: We're excited to see you all and learn more about how we can support each other during these COVID-19 restricted times. We'll meet to check-in and discuss future planning for outdoor school in our region. We'll discuss fall forecasting and professional development ideas (Fireworks, Social & Emotional Learning, other?), all through the lens of haves and needs of our providers and educators. Please think about resources or ideas you have and needs that we might be able to support in the near future. We’ll have breakout rooms for smaller discussions and large group report outs. 

Contact: Amy Hoffman at Amy.Hoffman@oregonstate.edu

CANCELLED due to COVID-19. Reschedule is pending.

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

CANCELLED due to COVID-19. Reschedule is pending.

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

CANCELLED due to COVID-19. Reschedule is pending.

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

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 here

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.

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