The Children’s Forest of Central Oregon offers professional development for PreK-12 teachers in Central Oregon, and is excited to add opportunities for out-of-school program providers in 2019. Our workshops provide curriculum and skills for teachers and educators to help them make outdoor learning a regular part of their classrooms and programs, benefiting youth across Central Oregon.
Out-of-School Innovation Project
The Children’s Forest of Central Oregon and the Central Oregon STEM Hub are teaming up to offer a series of workshops for out-of-school program providers focused on integrating outdoor learning and STEM into youth programs.
Tuesday, September 3 at Hollinshead Barn (Bend)
9:30-12:00 Habitat Investigations with the Environmental Center
Thursday, September 5 at Bend Science Station (OSU-Cascades Campus, Bend)
9:30-12:30 Under Pressure with Bend Science Station
The outdoor learning and STEM workshops will focus on kits and curriculum developed for out-of-school youth programs, and participants will have access to kit delivery and coaching in the future. Trainings are suitable for program staff or managers and participants will have the opportunity to network with other out-of-school program providers.
Out-of-School Innovation Project curriculum and kit reservation information can be found here.
Critical Orientations: Indigenous Studies and Outdoor Education
Date: Friday, September 13, 8:30 AM-4:00 PM
Location: High Desert Education Service District, 2804 SW Sixth Street, Redmond
Cost: Free, lunch provided. Substitute reimbursement is available for teachers.
Intended Audience: Formal and non-formal educators. The content is most focused on 5th and 6th grade, but can be applied at all grade levels.
This workshop explores culturally responsive/responsible incorporation of indigenous studies concepts into outdoor education curriculum and programming. Topics explored include:
-Situating outdoor education in the context of colonization
-Land acknowledgements: promising aspects and limits
-Incorporating Indigenous Knowledge and Traditional Ecological Knowledge into outdoor education
-Senate Bill 13
Facilitated by Dr. Leilani Sabzalian, Asst. Professor of Indigenous Education, University of Oregon and Dr. Spirit Brooks, Research Coordinator, OSU Extension Service – Outdoor School Program.
To register, complete this form by August 30.
First Steps: Science Inquiry in the Schoolyard and Beyond
Dates: Saturday, October 19, 9:30 AM-3:30 PM AND Wednesday, November 6, 3:30-6:30 PM
Grade Level: K-5th grade teachers (priority is given to teachers from Jefferson County and Culver School Districts)
Location: COCC – Madras Campus, plus field locations
Facilitators: Carolyn Nesbitt and Karen Gentry
Cost: Free, plus teachers receive a $100 stipend for attending both sessions
Join Children’s Forest of Central Oregon partners for a fun and interactive training which provide skills for K-5 teachers to lead effective outdoor educational activities. This training is designed for teachers who are newer to outdoor learning and haven’t attended other Children’s Forest or ONREP trainings. Teachers will spend lots of time outdoors engaging in hands-on science activities that can be taught in the schoolyard or other outdoor locations. Teachers will also learn about tips for group management in the outdoors, logistics for field trips, alignment to NGSS standards, and incorporating math and ELA into outdoor activities. Post-training coaching will be provided to assist with facilitating field experiences, and teachers will receive Project Learning Tree and Project WILD Guides. Teachers receive a $100 stipend for attending both sessions and are eligible for 1 Graduate credit from OSU-Cascades. To register for Teacher Professional Development workshops, click here.
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