The partners of the Children’s Forest of Central Oregon are teaming up to offer Central Oregon Virtual Explorations, which is transforming field trips and outdoor learning into the virtual space. Each month our partners will have 3-4 FREE programs available to teachers and students, that focus on different science standards, natural phenomena, and places in the community.
- Squirrels: Introduction to Field Investigations with High Desert Museum (2nd grade)
- Invasive Species with The Environmental Center (3rd grade, only available to Title I schools)
- Health Stream Explorations with Upper Deschutes Watershed Council (6th-8th grade)
More details, including how to sign-up, are coming soon!
Each Virtual Exploration will include a series of live, interactive virtual field trips paired with supplemental resources to support self-guided project-based learning. The supplemental activities will focus on more inquiry-based, hands-on learning that students can do in and around their homes, with simple materials. These programs are intended to support teachers in delivering science (and other) content that is focused on local ecosystems.
The live sessions will be will available in two formats:
- Webinar: Available to all students with individual registration (best option for students in online school, learning pods, homeschool students)
- Classroom Virtual Field Trips: Available to classes with teacher registration (teacher must be present during live sessions). Space is limited, and priority will be given to Title I schools.
The supplemental activities will be shared through either Padlet or GSuite programs, and will be designed so they are easily shared with students and caregivers.
Virtual Explorations programs will be available starting in October 2020, with new offerings available each month. Stay tuned for details!
Want to support Children’s Forest partners in developing these programs? We would love to partner with teachers through the design process. The Children’s Forest has funds for project pay for teachers. To learn more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
More Virtual Learning Resources
In addition to Virtual Explorations, there is a wide range of other resources available including
- Recorded educational videos
- Printable activities
- Activities that get students exploring outside
Find these resources developed by Children’s Forest partners here.