What We Do! - a sampling of past events

Get Outdoors Day - June, 3 2017

2015 Get Outdoors Day

Get Outdoors Day 2015

Free one day event for youth and families to seek out healthy, active outdoor lives and embrace our parks, forests, refuges and other public lands and waters. Participate in hands-on activities and learning stations provided by natural resource agencies and organizations. This program is a partnership between OSU College of Forestry Research Forests and OSU Extension Service, Benton County.

Location: Peavy Arboretum

4-H Wildlife Stewards Summit 2017

4-H Wildlife Stewards Summit 2015

A one-day natural resource education event for student teams from 4-H Wildlife Stewards Member Schools and affiliates in Benton County. Students prepare an educational display and give an oral presentation related to a project they have researched or conducted in their schoolyard habitat or nearby natural area. In addition students participate in hands-on natural resource activities, take a habitat tour of the host site, meet students from other Member schools, and have fun! For details.

Date: May 5, 2017

Location: Muddy Creek Charter School

Participating Schools: Hoover Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, Muddy Creek and Kings Valley Charter Schools.

FOCUS (Forest, Organisms, Creeks yoU Study) 2017

Students at FOCUS 2015

A five-hour field based natural science program at Beazell Memorial Forest provided students with unique hands-on science learning opportunities!

Four seesions in April and May served over 200 third and fourth grade students. The program emphasizes diverse ecosystems found at Beazell, native biodiversity, stewardship, and biological indicators of environment quality. Students use their critical thinking skills to evaluate the environment and ask questions about the world around them.

The program is in partnership with OSU Extension Benton County 4-H and Benton County Natural Areas and Parks department.

Participating Schools: Philomath Elementary, Blodgett Elementary, Alsea Elementary, Wilson & Mt View Elementary in Corvallis

"Ellie's Log: The Language of Science" Workshop

A professional development workshop for classroom teachers and non-formal educators that work with youth in the outdoors. Participants explored parts of Beazell Memorial Forest through hands-on activities and used writing and storytelling for reflection about learning.

Date: Saturday March 7, 2015

Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm

Location: Beazell Memorial Forest Education Center

Teen Weed Spotters 2016

Monroe Teen Weed Spotters Logo

Teen Weed Spotters is a 4-8 week in-school and/or summer session program for high school youth in rural communities – in 2015 the students were from Monroe High School.

Each year 14-18 students learn to identify invasive plant species of concern, perform an inventory, map using GPS, and remove invasive plant species in critical habitat in Benton County. Youth also teach 185-250 students each year at the 4-H Wildlife Stewards Youth Summit and Monroe Elementary Outdoor Science Day.

This program is in partnership with Benton Soil and Water Conservation District and participating science teachers.

Oregon Season Tracker Schools 

OSU Extension Benton County 4-H staff & volunteers, schools, and the HJ Andrews Long-term Ecological Research program (HJA LTER), have collaborated on this climate change-related research and educational program for youth.

In the Oregon Season Tracker Schools (OSTS) program, students learn to accurately record rainfall and phenology data (seasonal changes) in their schoolyard habitat and report this data as citizen scientists. These students contribute to authentic science, progress from learning science to becoming a scientist and connecting their learning with the real-world.

  • In 2014-15, 156 Benton/Linn County youth participated.
  • Students from 4 classrooms in 4th through 12th grade, and 2 non-formal youth programs (4-H Club, & Chintimini Wildlife Rehabilitation Center).
  • Students participating in the Oregon Season Tracker Schools Program 2015Students gathered and reported precipitation data for CoCoRaHS (Community Collaborative Rain Hail & Snow Network).
  • Students observed and reported plant phenology to the National Phenology Network through Nature’s Notebook.
  • Students documented their learning with science field journals and used tablets to creating videos documenting their projects.
  • OSU Extension Benton County 4-H provided teacher professional development, supporting curriculum, and teaching support.
Participating schools: Muddy Creek Charter School, Central Elementary School, Kings Valley Charter School, Lebanon High School
Creation of the OSTS program supported by a grant from the Gray Family Foundation.


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