All ECO lessons and activities are inquiry-based and provide students the opportunity to study local biology, geology and botany. Schedules are flexible and are tailored to the needs and resources of each school.

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Our Lessons

Two ECO Educators take over a class for 30-45 minutes with indoor lessons and outdoor adventures. Topics include watersheds, restoration, food webs, animal adaptation, native plants and wildlife. All lessons are aligned with state educational standards.

See us in action on KGW!

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Service Learning

 Students take part in service learning projects to combine academic work with meaningful service. Our classes have taken part in wetland and stream restoration, invasive plant removal, native plantings, creating rain gardens and building outdoor classrooms. These projects are driven by student work and enthusiasm.

Program Funding

Funding is provided by those who support the well-rounded development of children and improved environmental awareness in local youth: Parent Teacher Associations, community sponsors, local foundations and people like you!

Just $25 will cover the cost of a field trip for a single student. Thank you for supporting our kids and community!  


 
 
ECO is a great way to teach science with hands-on fun activities. The ECO teachers make every attempt and succeed in matching lessons with curriculum and also standards! What an amazing help for teachers and learning for students!
— Teacher, Seth Lewelling Elementary School
 

Our Schools 

We have delivered over 2,400 lessons in the Portland area since we began in 2005, reaching over 15,000 students! Many of our schools host our programs year after year creating a culture of ecology at the schools we serve. 

In the 2015-16 school year, we are working with 2,400 students in twelve schools in the greater Portland Metro region. This year's programs are happening at: Lent, Kelly, Woodmere, Roseway Heights, and Jason Lee in Portland Public Schools. Oak Grove, Ardenwald, Riverside, Milwaukie and Bilquist schools in North Clackamas School District. And at Corbett Grade School in Corbett. Click the links below to learn more about a few featured programs.

 

Bilquist Elementary

FUNDED BY The Bilquist PTO, Clackamas Water Environment Services, Gray Family Foundation

Corbett Grade School

FUNDED BY Corbett PTA, Corbett District Fund, East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District

 

“It’s always great to have experts come into the classroom! Students are engaged and interested, and it’s so good for them to see curious, active adults. We love the lessons because, while it fits in so well with what we’re learning in class, it’s always a new facet or activity or content.” ­
— Corbett Teacher

seth lewelling ELEMENTARY

FUNDED BY Seth Lewelling PTO, Seth Lewelling School Fund, Lewelling Neighborhood Association, Gray Family Foundation, North Clackamas Arts Grant, Umpqua Bank

 

Kelly ELEMENTARY

FUNDED BY East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District, Metro Nature Neighborhoods Grant

St. Clare Catholic School

FUNDED BY St. Clare Catholic School, West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District, Gray Family Foundation

Lent School

FUNDED BY East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District, Metro Nature in Neighborhoods Grant


 

MarYsville School

FUNDED BY East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District, Marysville School


A HUGE THANKS TO OUR FUNDERS & Supporters!

Our educators return year after year with cumulative lessons - each building upon the other as students progress through their schooling. They'll never have the same one twice!

 

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Explorers.INVESTIGATORS.STEWARDS.

  • Over a period of 8-weeks, individual classrooms work with two ECO Educators to explore the science of Northwest ecology.

 

  • Hands-on lessons occur during the school day in classrooms, schoolyards and neighborhoods. Third through fifth grades receive at least four 45-minutes lessons, and one facilitated field trip to nearby nature. First and second receive four 30-minute lessons, including outdoor exploration. Kindergarten receives four 20-minute lessons, including outdoor exploration.

 

  • Students apply knowledge gained in classroom experiences to service-learning projects in their community. Service-learning projects empower students to make positive changes, even at their young age.

 

  • All ECO lessons are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards. ECO offers pre-lesson vocabulary lists, and post-lesson follow-up activities to interested teachers. Lessons do not require any additional support from teachers.