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Upcoming Workshops and Summer Camps

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017 in News

Intro to Placed-Based Education Design Saturday, June 17 9:00am – 4:00pm Southwest Charter School 640 SW Bancroft St, Portland This is an opportunity for educators to learn about placed-based education and potentially bring it into their classrooms with ongoing support from our expert teachers. The workshop is made possible by a grant from the Oregon Department of Education so we are able to offer a stipend and mileage reimbursement as well as resource materials and ongoing mentorship to public school teachers. • Part 1: The initial workshop will give participants an intro to...

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Grants & Contracts Coordinator Position for Outdoor School Grant Program

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in News

  The OSU University Administrative Business Center is recruiting for a full-time Grants and Contracts Coordinator for the Outdoor School grant program. The position is based at Oregon State University in Corvallis. The recruitment closes June 5, 2017.  Apply online via OSU’s jobs postings at https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/42864  The Grants and Contracts Coordinator is a key member of the University Administrative Business Center (UABC) financial team.  At the direction of the OSU Extension Service Director (Director), this position manages the Outdoor School grant...

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New Pathways Coming This Fall for Eco-Schools USA Award

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in News

  Watersheds, Oceans and Wetlands (WOW) Pathway Watersheds, Oceans and Wetlands (WOW), focuses on the unique needs and concerns of water outside of the school building. Schools can address any or all of the sub-pathways within WOW to receive recognition when applying for an Eco-Schools USA award. Now more than ever, it is critical to connect students to water, specifically the important role it plays in human and wildlife health and food systems as well as the role it plays in a community’s recreational activities and economy. Whether students live on or near the coast or...

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National Wildlife Federation/Eco-Schools USA is Recruiting for AmeriCorps Member

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in News

The National Wildlife Federation is currently recruiting for our next AmeriCorps Member for the Sept 2017-July 2018 service term. Please see link below for the position description for an Education and Outreach Coordinator with National Wildlife Federation and Association of Northwest Steelheaders at their Milwaukie office. This position works on a variety of activities including: Family Fish Camp Fish Eggs to Fry Program (raising salmon/trout in the classroom) Eco-Schools USA and Schoolyard Habitats Garden for Wildlife – Certified Wildlife Habitats Supporting and participating on...

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Oregon Green Schools 2017 Summit Huge Success!

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in News

Oregon Green Schools 2017 Summit Huge Success!

The 21st  annual summit of certified Oregon Green Schools took place at the Western Mennonite School in Salem on April 14, 2017, and was attended by 28 schools from across the state.  This day of learning was a huge success and was made possible with the generous support from our haulers and event sponsors. Elementary and middle school students started the day with a welcome assembly to set out the goals for the summit and received words of encouragement from Oregon Green Schools Chair Laurel Bates. Students and their teachers then broke up into smaller groups and attended a Green Schools...

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Oregon Schools Awarded Subaru Garden Kits

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in News

Oregon Schools Awarded Subaru Garden Kits

Area Subaru Retailers, in conjunction with the National Wildlife Federation, are pleased to announce the following schools have been awarded garden kits for their schools. Each participating Subaru retailer was matched with a school in its area to provide the four basic elements that all wildlife needs to thrive: food, water, cover and places to raise their young.  Schools will also receive an instructional video that will teach educators and students how they can help reverse the decline of wildlife in their local communities as well as garden supplies and native plants to create their own...

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Congratulations to Sexton Mountain’s Walking School Bus

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in News

Congratulations to Sexton Mountain’s Walking School Bus

Article and photo from the Oregon SRTS April Newsletter. Washington County Department of Health and Human Services is honoring Sexton Mountain Elementary’s Walking School Bus at their 15th Annual Public Health Awards. They won the Public Health Ambassador Award for their Walking School Bus program that has been running every Thursday for the past 7 years. Every Thursday each participating student (sometimes over 350) walk an extra mile where they practice safe pedestrian skills, gain confidence and arrive to school on time and ready to learn. Beaverton School District produced this how-to...

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Welcome to the Better Burger Challenge!

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in News

Welcome to the Better Burger Challenge!

Article and Infographic provided by Friends of the Earth. Turning Green and Friends of the Earth have recently launched the Better Burger Challenge—a new initiative that aims to transform the iconic resource-intensive American hamburger into a force for better health, environmental sustainability, animal welfare and opportunity for independent family farmers and ranchers. Our goal is to grow the market for better, grass-fed and organic beef by educating and working with our members, student activists, and allies to make a grass-fed better burger. We are asking chefs, restaurants and...

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How Greener School Lunches Can Help Fight Climate Change

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in News

How Greener School Lunches Can Help Fight Climate Change

By Kari Hamerschlag and Christopher D. Cook This post was originally published on the Green Schools National Network’s website. As schools and youth become leaders in greening efforts nationwide, an inspiring story from Oakland, California suggests a critical new arena where schools can make a big difference in tackling climate change: the cafeteria. A new case study of Oakland Unified School District by Friends of the Earth shows that schools can make lunches healthier and more climate-friendly while saving money—by eating less (and better) meat and dairy, and switching to...

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New Study Finds Toxic Non-Stick Chemicals in Disposable Food Service Ware

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in News

New Study Finds Toxic Non-Stick Chemicals in Disposable Food Service Ware

A new study conducted by scientists at the Green Science Policy Institute and several other nonprofit organizations, US EPA, California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), and University of California/Berkeley found fluorinated stain- and water-resistance chemicals in nearly half of the disposable food service ware products they tested. These substances can leach into food; some have been linked to cancer, developmental harm, immune system toxicity, and other health...

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Free Webinar: Reducing and Recovering Wasted Food in Schools

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in News

Free Webinar: Reducing and Recovering Wasted Food in Schools

FREE WEBINAR: Reducing and Recovering Wasted Food in Schools – Lessons from the Cafeteria Line Features speakers from Washington Green Schools! Thursday, March 30, 2017, 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST Register here for this webinar School food invokes memories of cafeteria lines, pizza and cartons of milk. What most of us didn’t pay attention to or don’t remember was the amount of wasted food (food that could be eaten by someone else if recovered) and food waste (food that is inedible or has been partially consumed and could be composted) created in school cafeterias. In this webinar,...

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March 27th: Save the Date, Save the Butterflies!

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in News

March 27th: Save the Date, Save the Butterflies!

Butterfly Heroes 2017 is coming and we want your school to be the first to know! The monarchs still need our help! As part the National Wildlife Federation’s Garden for Wildlife program, Butterfly Heroes seeks to bring awareness to their declining population and by taking the pledge, your school can help create new habitats for monarch butterflies. Supplies are limited so be the first to take the pledge on March 27th to order kits for your class. Garden Starter kits include native milkweed seeds, gardening tips, Ranger Rick Nature Notebook and directions to grow or expand your habitat...

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