The Most with the Least

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ECO is honored to be honored with a Portland Monthly magazine Light a Fire award for doing the Most with the Least. It's true, we've been stretching our time, talents and dollars for years! It's a way of life around here. And, we can all agree (can't we?), it's awfully nice when someone else notices how hard you're working! Thanks, Portland Monthly. 

Read the article here!

What have we been working so hard to do over so many years? We're working to inspire elementary school students to be connected to the natural world; to recognize the world around them as valuable, as interesting, as amazing. We bring hands-on ecology lessons to students in their classrooms, and then we get those same students out in the world to see these ecological principles in action. And we're not only exploring while we're outside, ECO empowers young people to make lasting change in their communities through service-learning projects. And, each Program includes multiple lessons for the students, all of which align with national education standards.

By the end of this 2017-18 school year, ECO will have worked with more than 20,000 students. We're thinking that's pretty incredible! And we look forward to reaching more kids in the future. Every child deserves the opportunity to build a relationship with nature. ECO programs plant the love of nature as a seed in each student, and we hope and believe that these students will grow to be the environmental stewards, advocates and leaders of our future.

If you share these values too, consider supporting our work with a donation through the Willamette Week Give!Guide this season: www.giveguide.org/#eco. What is the Give!Guide? Read more about that here...

Garden Party, 2017

It was a gorgeous evening at the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden on September 10, when more than 50 ECO supporters gathered to show their love for the work that ECO does.

The first annual Garden Party was a great success and with the funds raised that evening, ECO will be able to bring more hands-on ecology experiences to elementary school students in our area, ultimately working to create tomorrow's environmental stewards, advocates, and leaders.

If you missed the party, but still want to show your love for ECO, you can always make a contribution at ecologyoutdoors.org/donate.