Ecological Education Program

We are focused on stewardship-based citizen science and service-learning, and we maintain Educational Programs under these Guiding Principles.

The Ecological Education Program offers opportunities for K-12 students, teachers, and community members to engage in place-based stewardship education through school programs, teacher workshops, and volunteering. Our programs are experiential, place-based, hands-on, and inspire inquiry and action. We partner with others to engage the future stewards of Oregon in the study of native plants and habitat restoration through service-learning and curriculum development.  Our goal is to connect people with nature and a sense of place through ecological education, stewardship, and citizen science.IMG_1803

Examples of our activities include:

  • Engaging local elementary, middle and high school students in endangered species reintroduction and schoolyard and natural area restoration
  • Providing curriculum and other resources for teachers in ecological education
  • Hosting community education workshops
  • Providing environmental education opportunities to incarcerated youth in Oregon Youth Authority facilities
  • Partnering with the Oregon Department of Corrections to provide vocational training and science education opportunities to incarcerated adults the through the Sustainability in Prisons Project – Oregon

Please contact us if you have any questions or wish to form a partnership.

You can view all Ecological Education Program reports.


Project Botany

“Salmonberry to Sagebrush: An Exploration of Oregon’s Native Plants” is an ecoregionally-based grades 9-12 curriculum about native plants in OregonOregon Curriculum cover

Sustainability in Prisons Project – Oregon

IAE staff are working with inmates at three Oregon prisons, and Young Women in transition and Juvenile Detention students at Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility – bringing conservation science to incarcerated people and giving them the opportunity to give back to their communities through habitat restoration.

  • Snake River Correctional Institution is growing and planting out 20,000 sagebrush to help restore greater sage-grouse habitat.
  • Coffee Creek Correctional Institution grew approximately 30,000 early blue violets for Oregon Silverspot butterfly restoration. Women inmates are currently growing a variety of native pollinator plant species.
  • Oregon State Correctional Facility produced over four pound of seed for the threatened Kincaid’s lupine.
  • Women in the “Young Women’s Transition Program (YWTP)” at Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility in Albany, have engaged in community service activities such as habitat restoration work at Finley Wildlife Refuge and Corvallis Audubon’s Hesthavn Nature Center.

Evergreen Riparian Stewards Project

The Evergreen Riparian Stewards project targets Greenbelt’s Evergreen property and Jackson Frazier Wetland and enlists students from Kings Valley, Waldorf and Muddy Creek Charter Schools, and Cheldelin and Philomath Middle Schools in a variety of outdoor conservation activities including:

  • Engaging in habitat restoration along Evergreen Creek and its tributaries and an area of wetland at Jackson Frazier
  • Removing invasive species and replacing them with native plantings
  • Growing native plants in school greenhouses
  • Monitoring stream health, tracking of invasive species removal success
  • Classroom lessons about watersheds and native ecosystems

Are you a teacher, administrator, parent, or community member wanting to get involved with IAE’s education programs?  For more information, please contact Stacy Moore: 541-753-3099 x305