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Outdoor School for All! Diverse Programming and Outcomes in Oregon is a multi-site, participatory evaluation effort building knowledge about current outdoor school programming and its intended outcomes. The evaluation project and team strive for cultural responsiveness and employ an iterative design-based approach to evaluation. The evaluation report provides findings of a statewide evaluation that occurred in Spring 2019.

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New Mexicans and visitors alike, outdoors more often for play and education, we at SFPS have partnered with the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) to distribute over 1000 EKO passes to 4th graders districtwide. The passes are good for our 4th grade families from the day they take them home from school to August 31, 2020. Each pass is worth $80 to the family and can be used multiple times. We expect to collaborate with the SFNF for several more years distributing these passes through our classrooms.

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Do you want to do something more for climate change that could create a large positive impact and help your students? Join over 90 campuses in 33 states making a difference in their state. There are crucial energy and climate policies being passed at the state legislative level that will either reduce or exacerbate climate change and ecosystem damage.

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Bilingual pilot program funded by National Science Foundation uses text messages to deliver fun, environmental science and math activities for kids and parents based on Emmy Award-winning PBS KIDS series. Research shows the initiative’s positive impact for low-income families, including Spanish speakers (Read the full News Release)

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The Nature of Teaching includes formal standards-based curricula and informal activity-based curricula all centered around getting youth outside. The three program areas of the formal curricula include: Wildlife, Health and Wellness, and Food Waste. Each program area provides standards-based lesson plans free as a downloadable PDF. Lesson plans are classroom ready for grades K-12. The Nature of Teaching also offers professional development workshops for teachers focused on science, the environment, and getting students connected with nature. Find the free downloadable lesson plans and assessments at www.purdue.edu/nature

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From promotion, to day-of engagement with the Litterati app, to influencing policy post-cleanup, this guide has you covered every step of the way. Join with the World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council and thousands of others to host impactful and engaging cleanups around the globe!

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Outdoor School for All! Diverse Programming and Outcomes in Oregon is a participatory evaluation effort building understanding and knowledge about current outdoor school programming and its intended outcomes. This is an ongoing collaborative project of the Outdoor School Program and the Oregon Environmental Literacy Program, with support from the Gray Family Foundation and the Friends of Outdoor School. Beginning in 2016, key stakeholders, including outdoor school providers, teachers, administrators, students, and others across the state came together to build understanding and knowledge about current outdoor school programming and intended outcomes. We built a common measurement system based on legislative requirements, a wide variety of data sources, existing literature/knowledge base and substantial input from stakeholders. Data gathered in this project are expected to support several elements of the statewide program. These include: legislative reporting requirements (OR-SB 439); community engagement and outreach; diversity, equity and inclusion; program and curriculum development; professional development and learning; and research, evaluation and assessment. The attached report details findings from a 2018 pilot study of outdoor schools across the state of Oregon including survey results from students, educators, and providers.

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