The Deschutes Children’s Forest is proud to announce Rebecca Barrett of Redmond High School as Teacher of the Month for March. Rebecca seems to achieve the impossible with her students, squeezing amazing outdoor learning opportunities into the busy schedules of high school students. In addition to teaching Biology, she also teaches Wilderness Survival, Advanced Wilderness Survival, and a Wildlife Biology Class. She has taken her students Mount Bachelor to learn fire-building skills, Whychus Creek to restore native habitat, Ryan Ranch to conduct transects studying elk browsing, Suttle Lake to study riparian vegetation, and much more.
After 32 years of teaching, she still has limitless amounts of motivation to find new and unique learning opportunities for her students. She is working with the BLM to develop new project ideas for sites closer to Redmond High School. She is passionate about teaching students to be stewards of public lands and providing information about career opportunities in natural resources.
In her free time she instructs a Natural Resources class at OSU-Cascades, plays outside, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Deschutes Children’s Forest. She has been instrumental in bringing creative ideas to the Children’s Forest! Thank you Rebecca for all of your amazing work inspiring students about nature!