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  • February 06, 2022 6:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Register your group or yourself today! Details and RSVP HERE!

    • Saturday, March 5, 2022 - 9:00 am - 12 pm

    • 10 simultaneous stewardship parties happening throughout the watershed - All talents and abilities wanted! 

    • Plant, weed, and mulch for a healthier watershed together

    • Stick around for a grab and go thank you lunch at the end!

  • February 06, 2022 5:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Eureka! is a 5-year STEM magnet program for 8th – 12th grade youth, that empowers them to see themselves as an important part of the future workforce. 

    They are accepting applications from current 7th graders (for all 4 sites - PSU, PCC Cascade, PCC Rock Creek, and MHCC) and current 8th graders for MHCC only. 

    Application Deadline: April 29th, 2022 at 4:30pm

  • January 30, 2022 2:08 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Wednesday, February 2 and 10
    FREE to Register

    Learn to engage students in fascinating crayfish studies and water quality monitoring in this webinar with partners from the River Mile Network.

    Rick Reynolds from Engaging Every Student will team up with Janice Elvidge from the National Park Service and Jim Elkins from the University of Idaho to step you through student activities including investigations in your local watershed.  The lesson plans shared meet NGSS and CCS standards.

    Learn about grant opportunities from the EPA and NPS to support you in these activities with equipment, training, sub coverage, transportation and more.

    Here is a flyer to share with your colleagues.

  • January 30, 2022 1:26 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    August 16-18, 2022
    Silver Falls State Park

    This three day workshop will provide hands-on opportunities in the field as well as classroom time to develop curriculum tools and strategies that promote student-driven field-based science inquiry projects from K - 12. Attending teachers can also apply for a $2,000 grant ($6000 if you work collaboratively with at least two other teachers) for classroom equipment and resources for field-based inquiry investigations from the Diack Ecology Education Program. This training is sponsored by the Diack Ecology Education Program of the Oregon Science Teachers Association and the Jane Goodall Environmental Middle School (JGEMS), a public charter school in Salem, Oregon, focusing on field-based environmental science.

    Flyer to post and share with your colleagues.

  • January 30, 2022 1:06 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    This data-driven infographic shows the status of Webb on its journey to L2 orbit. The page constantly updates as Webb travels, deploys, and cools to operating temperature.

    You can EXPLORE past and upcoming deployments on the way to L2. The Deployment Explorer opens to the MOST RECENTLY COMPLETED deployment step, all deployment steps to the "left" (on the top thumbnail nav) are COMPLETED, all deployment steps to the "right" (on the top thumbnail nav) are FUTURE.

  • January 30, 2022 1:03 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    2/3/2022 (Thu) - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM CST

    Have you been searching for ways to better support your neurodiverse learners? Join hosts Rachael Arens, Associate Researcher at NAU PLANETS & Michael Guarraia, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at NASA on Thursday, February 3rd at 7pm CT/ 8pm ET as they learn about the NASA Neurodiversity Network (N3) that develops resources and internships for youth on the autism spectrum!
    Access registration here!


  • November 08, 2021 9:00 AM | Anonymous
    • Facilitated by Louise Wilmes, Charissa Jones, and Dan Prince
    • This session builds upon the Microaggressions and Implicit Bias 1.0 session and focuses on having discussions on science's legacy of ignoring racism and disrupting the silence.
    • Audience: Community STEM educators and community members that have basic understanding/workshops about this topic.  (Click here to register)
    • This session will be held virtually

    *Ally - Someone who makes the commitment and effort to recognize their privilege (based on gender, class, race, sexual identity, etc.) and work in solidarity with oppressed groups in the struggle for justice. Allies understand that it is in their own interest to end all forms of oppression, even those from which they may benefit in concrete ways. (Center for the Study of Social Policy)

  • November 05, 2021 9:00 AM | Anonymous

     Join us at Wildlife Safari as we explore hands-on activities for elementary students that are all about birds! Explore concepts of adaptations and anatomy. Observe behavior (you will have a chance to meet the resident birds). Practice identification. Get students excited about learning through movement and role-playing activities! 

    As part of the workshop we will have the opportunity to visit Wildlife Safari’s wetlands to observe birds in their habitat. 

    All workshop participants will receive a complimentary copy of Project WILD’s Flying Wild guide and a pass to Wildlife Safari.

    This workshop is co-hosted by Wildlife Safari 

    Registration required. Offered at no cost to formal and nonformal Oregon educators. PDUs available. Substitute reimbursement available on teacher workdays.

    Registration closes at 5PM Thursday, October 28th  

  • November 01, 2021 9:00 AM | Anonymous

     Join us at the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy’s Rogue River Preserve to experience and explore nature journaling, a flexible, engaging, and adaptable teaching tool that helps students develop both scientific (NGSS) and social-emotional competencies. Along the trail, we will stop to practice close observation, inquiry, and connection-building using a series of nature journaling prompts. We will also practice giving feedback on journal entries to promote a growth mindset, model outdoor facilitation strategies, and discuss how to incorporate nature journaling in any learning context.

    Dress for a 1.5-mile walk along a rustic but mostly-level loop trail. Bring a notebook and a pencil, water, bag lunch, and a camping chair (if you have one). Note that the site does not have any trash cans -- be prepared to pack out what you pack in. The site has no running water but does have a portapotty. 

    This workshop is co-hosted by: Southern Oregon Land Conservancy, Bureau of Land Management Medford District, North Mountain Park Nature Center

    Registration required. Offered at no cost to formal and nonformal Oregon educators. PDUs available. Substitute reimbursement available

    Registration closes at 5PM Thursday, October 22nd. 

  • October 28, 2021 6:00 PM | Anonymous


    We are so excited to bring back our MESA Talks! Join us virtually Thursday October 28th at 6:00PM! Come and learn from a panel of experts how the communities that are most affected by food access and security are often left out of the conversation. Our Talk on Food Access and Security will feature speakers from food-focused organizations across Portland who work in the community to serve systemically excluded groups. Get an insight into what is happening in our community now, how we can contribute to the solution, and why our students should be leaders in the conversation. 

    We would love to have you attend and participate in this conversation, sharing your commitment to ending inequity and listening to the stories of talented and valuable members of the MESA Community.


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