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.
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.
Sustainability in Prisons Project (SPP) – Oregon Network
IAE is part of the Sustainability in Prisons Project – Oregon Network, working to bring science and nature opportunities into prisons. We work closely with Department of Corrections and other partners to provide unique and meaningful activities to incarcerated men and women in conjunction with helping our natural environment.
SPP State Programs:
- Snake River Correctional Institution growing sagebrush to help restore greater sage-grouse habitat.
- Idaho State Corrections Center’s first ever sagebrush program
- South Boise Women’s Correctional Center starts new plant program
- Correctional Alternative Placement Program and sagebrush
- Coyote Ridge Corrections Center, WA starts sagebrush program
- Coffee Creek Correctional Institution grow violets and nectar species to aid butterflies
- 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 email@example.com