The Clackamas County Office of the OSU Extension Service offers several programs to enrich the classroom learning experience through hands-on activities. Programs include research-based curriculum, teaching materials, and training on curriculum use. The curriculum aligns with Oregon State Standards and Benchmarks. Most are free; some have a nominal fee.
The 4-H Incredible Egg integrates concepts of chick embryology into easy-to-use math, science, and language arts lesson plans with the help of the Incredible Egg curriculum. Teachers have the option of hatching eggs in their classroom, too.
Through 4-H Fish Stewards, students raise and hatch native fish in the classroom to develop science and math skills.
4-H Wildlife Stewards promote science learning among youth and create sustainable wildlife habitat education sites on school grounds by inspiring, educating, and connecting communities, schools, and natural resource organizations.
The Forestry Education Program is available to Molalla School District elementary schools. Through 8-week, hands-on programs and field trips 4th and 5th grade students study tree biology, forest ecology, and forest-related issues.
Here are some tools and resources to help you get started working with youth on sustainability.
Local and state-wide workshops are offered throughout the year to help educators engage students in learning through hands-on educational activities from nationally acclaimed curricula. Associated curricula and resource materials, along with substitute reimbursement, is provided for these free workshops. Workshop themes include teaching to state benchmarks, interdisciplinary approaches, and development of student reading and writing skills through the world of nature. The following links provide information about workshop offerings: Project Learning Tree, Project WILD, Project WET.