In order to achieve our mission of reaching all students in Central Oregon, the Children’s Forest of Central Oregon and our partners offer professional development opportunities for teachers that provide skills for facilitating outdoor learning with their students. Below are our offerings for the 2017-2018 school year. Please register in advance, as trainings do fill up quickly.
Teachers As Naturalists – Evening Sessions
Join the Children’s Forest of Central Oregon and environmental education professionals for three evenings focused on natural resource and 0utdoor education topics. The evenings are open to all teachers who want to learn more about local ecosystems and how to integrate outdoor learning into their curriculum. All sessions are held on Wednesdays from 4:30-6:00 PM at The Environmental Center (16 NW Kansas Avenue, Bend).
- February 28: Art in Nature with Kelly Beck
- March 7: Plant Identification with Karen Gentry
- March 14: Central Oregon Geology with Carrie Gordon
**Evening sessions can be combined with trainings below for graduate credits with OSU-Cascades.
Nature Connections for Early Childhood
Dates: Saturday, January 27 and Saturday, February 3, 2018, 9 AM – 3 PM
Grade Level: Pre-K educators
Location: Smith Rock State Park (yurt), Terrebonne
Facilitators: Karen Gentry and Jen Edwards
Join us for a special training for preschool educators. The training will increase your confidence and capacity to lead your students in nature exploration activities. We’ll spend time engaging in hands-on, interdisciplinary activities, networking with colleagues, and learning about the wealth of community resources for exploring the natural world with young children. Participants will take home Growing Up Wild and Project Learning Tree’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood curriculum. Post-training coaching is available, if needed. This is a Set 2 training with the Oregon Registry.
First Steps: Science Inquiry in the Schoolyard and Beyond
Dates: February 8-9, 2018 (Thursday-Friday), 9 AM – 4 PM
Grade Level: K-5th grade
Location: Smith Rock State Park (yurt)
Facilitators: Carolyn Nesbitt and Jackie Wilson
Cost: Free, with substitutes covered
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 are eligible for 1 Graduate credit from OSU-Cascades for attending the training, or 2 credits if they attend 3 evening sessions about natural resource topics. Schedule TBD.
Next Steps: Teachers As Naturalists – Flying Wild*
Dates: Friday, March 2, 2018, 8 AM – 3 PM
Grade Level: 3rd-12th grade
Location: The Environmental Center
Facilitator: Karen Gentry and Lauri Turner
Cost: Free, with substitutes covered
This training is geared towards teachers who are experienced in leading outdoor activities with their students and want to continue to grow their knowledge about Central Oregon ecosystems. Learn about bird communities and habitat from natural resource experts from Deschutes National Forest. We’ll share techniques for facilitating real-world field investigations that connect to Next Generation Science Standards, and will also have a special focus on incorporating nature journaling into field experiences. Teachers will receive a copy of the Flying Wild curriculum. Teachers are eligible for 1 Graduate credit from OSU-Cascades if they attend 2 out of 3 evening sessions about natural resource topics. Schedule TBD.
To register for Children’s Forest Professional Development opportunities, click here.
Administrators Corner – Learning in Your NatureHood
Learning in Your NatureHood trainings are available by request on School Improvement Wednesdays! Trainings highlight hands-on inquiry-based activities that teachers can do right in their backyard and that are aligned with grade-level science standards. Trainings are intended to be school-wide and schools can schedule between 1-3 trainings in the 2015-2016 school year. Availability is limited so please schedule in advance. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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