The Children’s Forest of Central Oregon offers professional development for K-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, Central Oregon STEM Hub, and Better Together are teaming up to offer a series of workshops for out-of-school program providers focused on integrating outdoor learning, STEM, and Trauma Informed Practices into youth programs.
Thursday, May 30 at High Desert ESD (Redmond)
8:30-11:00 STEM and Sports with the Central Oregon STEM Hub
11:30-2:00 Creating a Trauma Informed Environment with TRACES
Tuesday, June 4 at High Desert Museum
8:30-11:00 Survival Skills with Wildheart Nature School
11:30-2:00 Nature Arts with High Desert Museum
Thursday, June 6 at High Desert ESD (Redmond)
8:30-11:00 Space Science with the Central Oregon STEM Hub
Coming in late Summer – Dates TBD – Habitat Investigations with The Environmental Center and 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.
First Steps: Science Inquiry in the Schoolyard and Beyond
Dates: Rescheduled for October 2019 – Dates TBD
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 all participating teachers to assist with facilitating field experiences. 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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