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 2022


WATERS Teacher Workshop
Watershed Awareness using Technology and Environmental Research for Sustainability

2/17 @ 5:00-7:00, Downtown Bend Library
2/19 @ 9:00-5:00, Skyliner Lodge (Saturday)
2/21 @ 9:00-5:00, Skyliner Lodge (President’s Day)
Plus 8 hours of Zoom sessions and homework


For 5th-8th grade teachers
$1,000 stipend for participation and project implementation, which includes monthly meetings
Teachers receive a kit of field equipment and access to online models
This is a research study sponsored by the National Science Foundation.


Students across the United States are all affected by and dependent on water  quality issues, from experiencing severe droughts to awareness of floods and  drinking water issues. The WATERS curriculum incorporates hands-on local  data and geospatial analysis to explore geographic, social, political, and environmental concepts and problems related to students’ watersheds using inclusive learning strategies and UDL technologies. The goal is to increase student interest in STEM careers by broadening the population of students who believe they have the ability and skills to pursue STEM careers.


Partners:  Concord Consortium, Millersville University, Stroud Water Research Center, Upper Deschutes Watershed Council


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