ONREP Winter & Spring Workshops



New Dates! Engineering Inspired by Nature: Biomimicry Activities for Middle School - Online

Dates: February 23 & March 2, 2022

(Rescheduled from Tuesday, January 25th and Tuesday, February 1, 2022)

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. PST, both days

Please make every effort to attend both sessions.

Format & Length: online, interactive, 4 hours

Audience: Middle school educators, both formal and nonformal

Description: Organisms have been adapting to a changing environment for millions of years, making them the best problem-solvers in the world. The Biomimicry Institute describes biomimicry as “a practice that learns from and mimics the strategies found in nature to solve human design challenges — and find hope along the way.”

In this workshop participants will go through a simplified version of the Biomimicry Design Process and create a sketch or prototype of a nature-inspired solution to a problem related to climate change.

Educators will leave this workshop understanding how Biomimicry fits into their middle school curriculum, along with resources they can use with their students.

Registration required. Offered at no cost to formal and nonformal Oregon educators. PDUs available. Substitute reimbursement available on teacher workdays.

Registration & Details: https://onrep.forestry.oregonstate.edu/workshops


Exploring Fire with Young Students - Online

(previously called Fire Ecology)

Dates: February 28th & March 7th , 2022

Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. PST, both days

Please make every effort to attend both sessions

Format & Length: online, interactive, 5 hours (plus one hour of independent work between sessions)

Audience: K-2nd grade educators, formal and nonformal

Description: Given all that is happening on Oregon’s landscape, have you been wondering how to address fire with your K-2 students? In this workshop participants will explore how to use learner-centered essential questions to spark curiosity and increase understanding with this young age group.

Through interactive engagement participants will be provided with content resources to use with early learners, a sneak peek at the Fire K-12 Essential Questions Progression guide and more.

This workshop is co-hosted by: Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI) and Oregon Natural Resources Education Program (ONREP)

Registration required. Offered at no cost to formal and nonformal Oregon educators. PDUs available. Substitute reimbursement available on teacher workdays.

Registration will close approximately 1 week prior to the workshop.

Registration & Details: https://onrep.forestry.oregonstate.edu/workshops


ODS/ONREP Teaching Fire At Outdoor School *In-Person Workshop

Date: Thursday, March 3, 2022

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., PST

Location: Camp Latgawa, Eagle Point, OR

Format & Length: *In-person, 6 hours, mostly outdoors

Audience: Outdoor School Providers and formal and nonformal educators who work with 5th and 6th grade students attending outdoor school.

Description: Join us to experience and explore a new Outdoor School lesson plan that’s all about fire! This lesson, which follows the BEETLES model, provides guidance for 3.5 to 7 hours of engaging and timely explorations of fire science and fire ecology for students participating in in-person Outdoor School programs. During the workshop, we will examine and apply NGSS frameworks, trauma-informed care practices, social-emotional learning, and ODS self-evaluation tools, all using the new fire lesson as a context for learning.

This outdoor, in-person workshop will take place at Camp Latgawa (35 miles east of Medford) Environmental conditions, such as weather or changes in Covid restrictions could require rescheduling; registered participants will receive updates if we need to change the date.

This workshop is co-hosted by: OSU Extension Service - Outdoor School Program, Southern Oregon Fire Ecology Education , Rogue Environmental Ed, and Southern Oregon Land Conservancy and Oregon Natural Resources Education Program (ONREP).

Registration required. Offered at no cost to formal and nonformal Oregon educators. PDUs available. Substitute reimbursement available on teacher workdays.

Stipends Available: A $100 stipend is available for Oregon educators who work/volunteer for a Measure 99-funded outdoor school program and who are not being compensated by another source for the time they attend the workshop. For more details and the full eligibility criteria, please see the OSU Extension Service Outdoor School Stipends, Substitute Reimbursements, and PDUs page.

Overnight accommodations may be available. Please contact: Amy Hoffman at amy.hoffman@oregonstate.edu or Kristi Backe at kristi.backe@oregonstate.edu to learn more.

Registration will close approximately February 23rd.

Registration: http://onrep.forestry.oregonstate.edu/workshops


Easy Breezy Science: Exploring an Outdoor-Oriented Curriculum - Online

Date: March 9 & March 15, 2022

Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m PST, both days

Please make every effort to attend both sessions

Format & Length: online, interactive, 5 hours (with 2-3 hours of self paced work between sessions)

Audience: 3rd-5th grade educators, formal and nonformal; K-2 educators welcome as we will be discussing how the lessons can be adapted for multiple grades

Curriculum: Project Learning Tree’s (PLT) Explore Your Environment: K-8 Activity Guide.

Description:Make science a breeze with an outdoor-oriented environmental curriculum. The Project Learning Tree K-8 newly revised Explore Your Environment guide works for rural to urban teaching environments, and is for multiple grades. Join us as we check out Explore Your Environment (participants will receive a copy of it at no cost) and share ways that lessons can be adapted for different grades. Participants will be invited to implement a lesson between sessions.

This workshop is co-hosted by: Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI) and Oregon Natural Resources Education Program (ONREP)

Registration required. Offered at no cost to formal and nonformal Oregon educators. PDUs available. Substitute reimbursement available on teacher workdays.

Registration will close approximately 1 week prior to the workshop.

Registration & Details: https://onrep.forestry.oregonstate.edu/workshops



Global Change & Outdoor Education Series - Online


This is a discussion group series focusing on how to frame global change topics (such as climate change, extreme weather patterns, natural disasters, etc.) with students in an outdoor education context. This series will provide middle school and high school formal and nonformal educators with an opportunity to explore strategies, tools, and tips that they can draw on when working with students.


We encourage educators to attend as many of the sessions as they would like, each session will focus on a different topic.

Dates and topics for April-June will be announced soon!


This series is co-hosted by: OSU Extension Service - Outdoor School Program and Oregon Natural Resources Education Program (ONREP)


Series Audience: Middle School and High School formal and nonformal educators


Session 1 Global Change Series - Using the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) to Frame Global Climate Change


Date: March 7th, 2022

Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., PST

Format: Online

Description: This session will introduce educators to the NOAA-supported Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN). The CLEAN collection is an online database of 800+ educator and scientist-reviewed, free, digital resources that include NGSS aligned lesson plans, visualizations, videos, and short demonstrations/experiments. It uses three main program components to provide resources for teachers on climate and energy (1) the CLEAN Collection, (2) Network, and (3) training and support.

Registration required. Offered at no cost to formal and nonformal Oregon educators. PDUs available. Substitute reimbursement available on teacher workdays.

Registration will close approximately 1 week prior to the workshop.

Registration & Details: https://onrep.forestry.oregonstate.edu/workshops


Session 2 Global Change Series - Setting Up For Success: Bringing Whole Selves to Global Change Topics

Date: March 29th, 2022

Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., PST

Format: Online

Description: When we frame charged topics like climate change, extreme weather patterns, natural disasters, etc. with an asset-based mindset, learners can bring their whole selves to the experience and tackle deeply nuanced topics with agency and autonomy. This short session will introduce the idea of facilitating from a whole self-perspective, using a reimagined model for thinking about meeting learners' needs in order to successfully engage in big conversations.

Registration required. Offered at no cost to formal and nonformal Oregon educators. PDUs available. Substitute reimbursement available on teacher workdays.

Registration will close approximately 1 week prior to the workshop.

Registration & Details: https://onrep.forestry.oregonstate.edu/workshops


Teaching the Whole Student With Nature Journaling - *In-Person Workshop

Date: March 28th, 2022

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m,. PST

Format: *In-person

Location: Rogue River Preserve, Eagle Point, OR

Audience: 3rd grade and up, formal and nonformal educators (but educators working with younger students are welcome to join)

Description: Join us at the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy’s Rogue River Preserve (about 15 miles north of Medford) to experience and explore nature journaling, a flexible, engaging, and adaptable teaching tool that helps students develop both scientific (NGSS) and social-emotional competencies. Along the trail, we will stop to practice close observation, inquiry, and connection-building using a series of nature journaling prompts. We will also practice giving feedback on journal entries to promote a growth mindset, model outdoor facilitation strategies, and discuss how to incorporate nature journaling in any learning context.

Dress for a 1.5-mile walk along a rustic but mostly-level loop trail. Bring a notebook and a pencil, water, bag lunch, and a camping chair (if you have one).

This workshop is co-hosted by: Bureau of Land Management: Medford District, Southern Oregon Land Conservancy and Oregon Natural Resources Education Program (ONREP).

Registration required. Offered at no cost to formal and nonformal Oregon educators. PDUs available. Substitute reimbursement available on teacher workdays.

Registration will close approximately 2 weeks prior to the workshop.

Registration & Details: https://onrep.forestry.oregonstate.edu/workshops


Exploring Your Environment with Project Learning Tree and Tribal History/Shared History (SB 13) - *In-Person

Date: April 8, 2022

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., PST

Format: *In-person

Location: Corvallis, OR

Audience: 3rd - 6th grade educators, formal and nonformal

Curriculum: Project Learning Tree’s (PLT) Explore Your Environment: K-8 Activity Guide.

Description In this workshop, we will support you in getting students outside by investigating an outdoor environment in the Corvallis area. Participants will explore how curriculum based on scientific understanding, such as Project Learning Tree’s K-8 Explore Your Environment, can be combined with Tribal History/Shared History (SB 13) lessons which were created by the nine federally recognized Tribes in Oregon for educators.

All participants will receive a copy of Project Learning Tree’s (PLT) Explore Your Environment: K-8 Activity Guide.

Participants need to bring a lunch, water bottle and wear weather-appropriate layers.

This workshop is co-hosted by: OSU Extension Benton County 4-H and Corvallis Parks and Recreation and Oregon Natural Resources Education Program (ONREP).

Registration required. Offered at no cost to formal and nonformal Oregon educators. PDUs available. Substitute reimbursement available on teacher workdays.

Registration will close approximately 2 weeks prior to the workshop.

Registration & Details: https://onrep.forestry.oregonstate.edu/workshops


COVID-19 Information for in-person workshops

*Oregon Natural Resources Education Program’s (ONREP’s) primary goal is the health and wellbeing of all facilitators, participants, and guests. All in-person ONREP professional development events will comply with federal, state, Oregon State University, county, and local regulations as well as the policies of the facility where the workshop is being held. More detailed information will be shared in the workshop confirmation which is sent to registrants prior to the workshop.


Due to the nature of COVID-19 regulations, in-person workshops are subject to change. For the most current/updated event information, visit

https://onrep.forestry.oregonstate.edu/professional-development/workshops



Other Opportunities

Dive4Ag Virtual Field Experiences

DIVE4Ag (Distant, Immersive, Virtual Education for Agriculture Literacy)offers a series of FREE virtual professional development sessions for middle and high school teachers and informal educators.

Upcoming events:

  • February 15th, 2022, 4:30pm-6pm - Virtual Reality Field Experience: Dairy Farm and Milk Processing

  • February 22nd, 2022, 4:30pm-6pm - Virtual Reality Field Experience: Aquaculture

To Register: https://dive4ag.oregonstate.edu/educators-professional-development

The DIVE4Ag project brings Pacific Northwest middle and high school youth opportunities to explore topics in agriculture through virtual reality and other online activities. Together, Oregon State University’s Precollege Programs, SMILE Program, and OSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program lead the effort with community partners to implement an innovative Agriculture Distance Education Toolkit to be fully launched next year.

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Unless otherwise noted, all ONREP professional development (PD) events and materials are offered at no cost to Oregon formal and nonformal educators.

Individual registration required for all events.

Sub reimbursement is available on teacher workdays when needed.

PDUs (Professional Development Units) are offered for all PD.

Outdoor School specific events are marked with an ‘ODS’ designator in the title.

Contact ONREP at ONREP Email or call: (541)737-2128.

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