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Oregon's working lands, wild places, open spaces, communities, people, and businesses all depend on each other. The next generation needs the skills, knowledge, attitudes, motivations, and commitment to work individually and collectively to ensure Oregon continues to have a vibrant future. We believe environmental education is the key to that future. We support our teachers, administrators, resource professionals, nature centers, environmental educators, and volunteers who are in the trenches - getting kids & adults outside, teaching teachers, training staff, working with schools, working with families, teaching adults, doing environmental education - everything and anything that cultivates environmental literacy. We do this through leadership development, advocacy, and state-wide conference. We are your resource in working with others around environmental education.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaces No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and affords states greater flexibility. ESSA encourages states and schools to innovate, while at the same time maintaining a focus on accountability, an emphasis on state and local systems of improvement, and a more balanced assessment system. Community engagement and collaboration are key to the development of a strong plan. Between March and July, Oregon Department of Education (ODE) will be reaching out broadly to hear from communities across the state about their values and priorities related to education.Read More
We encourage you to learn more about how to use the environment when teaching STEM. Watch our E-STEM prezi presentation to discover more.Read More
The Oregon Outdoor Education Coalition has determined the best route to full, stable funding for the Outdoor School law is to approach Oregon voters directly. The Coalition authorized the establishment of the Outdoor School for All Campaign.
The Campaign's mission is to secure permanent state funding of the Outdoor School Law so that every Oregon fifth or sixth grade student has the opportunity to experience a full week of Outdoor School or similar programming.
To accomplish this, the Campaign has submitted an initiative for inclusion on the November 2016 ballot, asking voters to support funding the new law using Oregon Lottery funds. If the measure passes, funding to qualified programs could be available as early as mid-2017.
Volunteers are needed to make this campaign successful. Join them in getting funding for Outdoor School!