Out-of-School Innovation Project
Out-of-School programs, like summer camps, afterschool programs, and enrichment programs provide an incredible opportunity to engage youth in outdoor exploration and learning. These programs provide so many opportunities for youth development, learning, and health and wellness. Plus, the relaxed atmosphere, extended time frames, and supportive mentors provide the perfect environment to connect kids to nature.
The Children’s Forest of Central Oregon and the Central Oregon STEM Hub have teamed up to support out-of-school programs to be able to provide more opportunities for outdoor learning and exploration and STEM for their participants. Recognizing that time, resources, and training opportunities can be limited for out-of-school providers, The Children’s Forest and the STEM Hub have created six kits and curriculum that have everything a program needs to implement the activities. The kits are free to check-out and include curriculum, materials, and coaching (if needed).
Children’s Forest of Central Oregon:
To reserve kits, complete this form. The curriculum can be previewed by clicking the links below.
• Nature Art – developed in partnership with the High Desert Museum
• Survival Skills – developed in partnership with Wildheart Nature School
• Habitat Investigations (coming in fall 2019) – developed in partnership with The Environmental Center
Central Oregon STEM Hub:
Learn more and reserve these kits at their website.
• Space Science
• STEM and Sports
• Under Pressure (coming in fall 2019) – developed in partnership with the Bend Science Station
Thank you to our project partners and funders!