Build an Environmental Education Experience from the Ground Up
Every fall, the graduating cohort in the Environmental Education program delivers hands-on, place-based environmental education programming for schools across southern Oregon. This unique capstone project is better known as “Fall in the Field.” It sets our program apart from all others because every aspect involved – from marketing and scheduling to the lessons and evaluation – is designed and done by the students themselves.
Every year the incoming cohort begins to create their own Fall in the Field. They draw on the wealth of experience offered by the professors and the institutional knowledge passed down by previous cohorts. Then every aspect from budgeting to risk management and marketing is created and carried out by the cohort. Lessons are tested and refined, ensuring they are closely linked to state and national education standards. Through this process every student becomes familiar with the components involved in environmental educational programming. They also develops valuable teamwork and leadership skills.
When the final Fall term arrives, this work culminates in eight weeks spent leading day trips in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and residential programs at the field station at Deer Creek Center. Students hone their skills as an educator by coordinating with teachers, teaching classes of all ages, and constantly refining the program.
By the time that Fall in the Field is over, our students have gained the practical experience in program administration and education to make them competitive candidates for any environmental education position.