Professional Development


The Children’s Forest of Central Oregon offers professional development for PreK-12 teachers and out-of-school program providers in Central Oregon.  Our workshops provide curriculum and skills to help educators make outdoor learning a regular part of their classrooms and programs, benefiting youth across Central Oregon.

Upcoming Workshops – Winter/Spring 2020


Nature Journaling:  Connecting Science, Art, and Writing in the Outdoors

Date:  Friday, February 28, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Grade Level:  3rd-8th Grade
Location:  Hollinshead Barn, Bend
Cost:  Free, with substitutes fees covered
Facilitators:  Kirin Stryker and Jennifer Curtis

Nature Journaling is a powerful tool that teaches students to become keen observers of the natural world and reinforces important science practices.  It also provides an effective way for environmental education to integrate science, art, and writing and to deepen students’ connection to nature.  This training will dive deep into this practice, providing teachers with multiple strategies for integrating this practice into their curriculum.  Teachers will receive two curriculum resources, the California Native Plant Society Nature Journaling Curriculum and Ricky’s Atlas from Oregon State University Press.  Training hours completed can be used towards OSU-Cascades Graduate Credits (10 hours = 1 credit).

Register here.


First Steps:  Science Inquiry in the Schoolyard and Beyond

Dates:  Wednesday, March 4, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM AND Wednesday, March 11, 4:00-5:30 PM (teachers should plan to attend both sessions)
Grade Level:  K-5th grade teachers (priority is given to teachers from Crook County)
Location:  COCC – Crook County Open Campus (Prineville), plus field locations
Cost:  Free, with substitute fees covered
Facilitators:  Carolyn Nesbitt and Karen Gentry

Join Children’s Forest of Central Oregon partners for a fun and interactive training which provide skills for K-5 teachers to lead effective outdoor educational activities. This training is designed for teachers who are newer to outdoor learning and haven’t attended other Children’s Forest or ONREP trainings. Teachers will spend lots of time outdoors engaging in hands-on science activities that can be taught in the schoolyard or other outdoor locations.  Teachers will also learn about tips for group management in the outdoors, logistics for field trips, alignment to NGSS standards, and incorporating math and ELA into outdoor activities.  Post-training coaching will be provided to assist with facilitating field experiences, and teachers will receive Project Learning Tree and Project WILD Guides. Teachers are eligible for 1 Graduate credit from OSU-Cascades.

Register here.