Childrens' Forest of Central Oregon

Virtual Explorations

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. 

October Programs

Squirrels: Introduction to Field Investigations

High Desert Museum is offering a two part series focused on how scientists study habitat and make decisions about wildlife conservation. This program is for 2nd graders and includes both live virtual instruction and supplemental activities. To learn more, email Carolyn Nesbitt at cnesbitt@highdesertmuseum.org.

Invasive Species

The Environmental Center is offering a two part series focused on plant adaptations, invasive plants, and stewardship. This program is for 3rd graders from Title I schools and includes both live virtual instruction and supplemental activities. To learn more, email Geneva Mayall at geneva@envirocenter.org.

Healthy Stream Explorations

Upper Deschutes Watershed Council is offering a 1-3 part series focused on watersheds, riparian areas, and investigating stream health. This program is for 6th-8th graders and includes both live virtual instruction and supplemental activities. To learn more, email Alyssa Grove at agrove@restorethedeschutes.org

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. 

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 katie@childrensforestco.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.