Our education partners provide a wide variety of environmental education programs for K-12 students in many locations across Central Oregon. All programs are aligned with education standards and provide meaningful ways for students to learn science concepts, using the natural world as their classroom. In addition to science concepts, programs also incorporate Common Core State Standards, and many include time for art and reflection activities, along with physical activity.
In order to provide a sequence of educational field experiences that build upon each other for students, we highly encourage that teachers collaborate with other grade levels at their school.
Environmental Education Program Providers
In addition to environmental education programs offered by Deschutes Children’s Forest partners, we encourage teachers to lead outdoor activities for their students. Included are curriculum resources to support teachers in facilitating outdoor lessons.
K-1 Curriculum Kit – Science Observation Skills: Characteristics of Plants and Animals
2nd-3rd Grade Curriculum Kit – Science Observation Skills: Life Cycles and Adaptations
4th-5th Grade Curriculum Kit – Science Inquiry: Interconnections
More Coming Soon!
The Children’s Forest of Central Oregon believes that accessible opportunities with nature must be provided for children and youth of all abilities, backgrounds, and ages. The Children’s Forest welcomes students and participants of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, military or marital status, age, sensory, physical or mental disability to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students and participants of our programs.