Outdoor Education for Classrooms
Our programs increase natural science literacy in Benton County youth through the educational efforts of trained teachers, volunteers and community partnerships. Over 1,500 youth annually are engage in opportunities and projects to help them explore and learn about our local ecosystems.
Teachers and Volunteers engage students in Real World Learning Outside the Classroom Door connecting them to the natural world. It increases environmental science literacy and stewardship through engagement in research, citizen science, and projects.
Some of our programs:
4-H Wildlife Stewards Program
School-based program trains teachers and volunteers that engage youth in outdoor learning. Students increase their life skills and stewardship through engagement in research projects that reinforces and builds on education standards learned inside the classroom. Grades 2-6.
4-H Wildlife Stewards Summit
Oregon Season Tracker
Citizen Science program with a focus on collecting precipitation and plant phenology (seasonal changes) data to contribute to ongoing climate research locally and nationally. Teacher professional development, materials and classroom support for grades 4-12
Field study based full day field trip. Students do four outdoor activities centered around observation, data collection, lab experience, and making informed conclusions. Open to 3 & 4 grad classrooms from Title 1 schools.
OSU Extension Service 4-H provides ongoing support for teachers and volunteers with educational resources. We provide over 30 educational kits (https://oregonstate.box.com/s/ummflklr8uljsx2vbbfyn6i8wdvwf0zz), locally relevant curriculum, Ecology Field Cards of the Willamette Valley (https://oregonstate.box.com/s/udc3014r928vubwcsu30r92agjbtp5e7), and individual project consultations. Contact the Benton County Extension office for more details at 541-713-5000.
4-H Outdoor Programs Events & Opportunities
September- Teachers register their Classroom
October- Professional Development Workshop for Teachers & Learn Outdoors Month
November – Learn Outdoors Month Photo Contest Displayed
December – Happy Holidays
January- Registration opens for 4-H Wildlife Stewards Summit (fillable form (https://oregonstate.box.com/s/izxl00n25z1hujjjb8um7mlb3pgg02nu)) Mini Grants due, FOCUS registration opens
February – Field Journal Contest Opens
March- Spring Professional Development Workshop, 4-H Spring Break Camp
April – FOCUS Programs in Progress
May – 4-H Wildlife Stewards Summit
June – Get Outdoors Day, 4-H Camp Flyer
July – Benton County Fair
August – Oregon State Fair