The Ecological Education Program offers opportunities for K-12 students, teachers, and community members to engage in place-based ecological education through school programs, teacher workshops, and volunteering. Our programs are experiential, 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, service-learning, and citizen science, and we maintain educational programs under these Guiding Principles.
Examples of our activities include:
- Engaging local elementary, middle and high school students in habitat restoration in schoolyard and natural areas
- 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, including partnering with Cascadia Expeditions to provide outdoor adventure opportunities
- 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
Classrooms Across Borders project – New Fall 2018!
- A new project connects Corvallis, Oregon, and Guanajuato, Mexico students with the birds migrating between them
- The Willamette River has been ‘twinned’ with Rio Laja in Mexico, as they share habitats and migrating bird species
- Hands-on ecology lessons will teach about three migrating birds, their habitat needs, and measuring water quality, in English and Spanish
- Bilingual High School student mentors reinforce the language and culture of the twin regions
- We will be working with students at Primaria Miguel Hidalgo, Santa Rosa de Lima, in Guanajuato, Mexico, but we are raising funds for lesson materials and reaching more students.
- Your support will directly engage more students into this project! Choose “Classrooms Across Borders” from the Donation menu, below:
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 service-learning opportunities to incarcerated men and women.
Local School Ecological Education Outreach Projects
We work with teachers, students, and volunteers in the local community to foster outdoor-based ecological education.
- Engaging in habitat restoration around the local Corvallis area
- 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? Please contact us if you have any questions or wish to form a partnership.