School Programs

School Programs

Classroom visits and field trips are available for preschool to high school students. All school programs use fun, educational, hands-on activities which encourage investigation and discovery with the natural world and are customized for all grade levels.  If you are interested in a program for your school please Contact Us.

Students running water quality test







Classroom Programs – grades preschool to high school

Can’t get your students out to a field trip site? Bring the field trip to your classroom! Our educators will come to you with a host of activities and lessons that can be done inside your classroom and on school grounds. Lesson topics may include watershed geography & ecology, pond life, bird adaptations, salmon biology and anatomy, insects, and more.

Field Trips – grades preschool to high school

The best way to learn about nature is in nature. We have several field trip sites we use and are happy to meet you at a location of your choosing. During OEA field trips students engage in a variety of activities that get them thinking critically and making connections. Field trip topics may include ecology, bird habitats & adaptations, pond and forest ecosystems, and more.

Contact Us to schedule your Field Trip Experience or for more information on program options and pricing.

Read below to learn about our Outdoor School and Salmon Watch Field trip options.

Outdoor School – grades 5th and 6th

The Oregon legislature funds Outdoor School programs so that fifth and sixth grade students across the state can engage in outdoor learning. Our naturalist-educators plan a full day of activities that allow learners opportunities to cultivate relationships with nature through engaging, hand-on activities, ecology explorations, and science lessons.

OEA’s Outdoor School Options Include:

      • A series of 3-5 day field trips (non-residential) to natural areas in and surrounding the Yamhill County Region.
      • Naturalist-educators who can meet you at your Outdoor School Location to provide curriculum and instruction.

Our Outdoor School services include:

      • Coordination of on-site logistics, all instruction, educational materials, field supplies, and guided activities.
      • Skilled naturalist-educators and volunteers to facilitate engaging lessons and activities.
      • Hands-on, nature-centered curriculum that enhances student awareness, curiosity, and critical thinking.

Contact Us to schedule your Outdoor School Experience or for more information on program options and pricing.

Salmon Watch – Yamhill Region – grades 5th through high school

Salmon Watch is an experiential, environmental education curriculum for middle and high school students, centered around salmon ecology. The program provides options for  classroom curriculum, a field trip to a local stream, and service learning projects.

Skilled naturalist-educators and volunteers facilitate engaging lessons and activities either in the classroom or alongside a salmon bearing stream.

During field trips students participate in four hands-on learning stations where they have the opportunity to wade into streams and catch aquatic macroinvertebrates, test the water quality and assess water health, look and listen for indications of healthy riparian habitat, and learn about the amazing life of wild salmon. Students gain knowledge that allows them to analyze a waterway’s capacity to support life and their connection to the ecological health of our region.

Yamhill County Salmon Watch field trips take place on local waterways during the fall salmon migration between October and early December.

Contact Us to learn more and schedule your Salmon Watch experience.