Ecological Education Program

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

    Program Director Stacy Moore helping students restore riparian habitat at Bald Hill near Corvallis, Oregon

  • 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 – Fall 2018

  • A new project connects Corvallis, Oregon, and Guanajuato, Mexico students with the birds migrating between them, in partnership with Greenbelt Land Trust and Marys River Watershed Council
  • The Willamette River and Rio Laja in Guanajuato, Mexico, share habitats and migrating bird species

    Bilingual, trained student mentors help teach ecology lessons to third graders in Classrooms Across Borders

  • 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.
  • Although partially funded by the Gray Family Foundation and Meyer Memorial Trust in Oregon, funds are needed to support more student involvement in both countries. Your support will directly engage more students into this project! Choose “Classrooms Across Borders” from the Donation menu, below:

Please consider a donation to support our Ecological Education Program

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 (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 service-learning opportunities to incarcerated men and women.

Stacy Moore receives TIAA Difference Maker 100 Award for Sagebrush in Prisons!

For her tireless work for the Sagebrush in Prisons project, IAE is proud to announce that Stacy Moore, Ecological Education Program Director, has been named a 2018 Difference Maker 100 by TIAA, a leading provider of financial services nationwide. This inspiring project provides both habitat and hope for inmates involved. Moore was selected from among more than 4,000 entries. Read More




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.