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Oregon Education Programs

The National Wildlife Federation’s Oregon office is located in Milwaukie, OR (just outside of Portland). Here in the Beaver State, we work closely with our affiliate and schools to bring nature to the classroom. Our Eco-Schools curriculum and Fish Eggs to Fry program ensure that students in partnering schools get hands-on experience with nature and wildlife. We also work with communities to provide habitat for wildlife in backyards, gardens, and other community places through our Garden For Wildlife movement.

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Green Your School with Eco-Schools USA

The Eco-Schools USA program provides a framework to green your school with amazing resources and curriculum. In Oregon, we collaborate with Oregon Green Schools and have over 370 schools participating in this program. The Eco-Schools USA program is designed in a way that:

  • Improves academic performance, especially in science and math
  • Leads to financial savings for schools
  • Decreases the school’s carbon footprint through practical solutions that reduce energy and water consumption
  • Reduces school waste and conserves natural resources
  • Encourages student environmental awareness and stewardship and increases parental involvement
  • Helps students and teachers develop stronger relationships with their communities
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In Oregon, the National Wildlife Federation collaborates with the Association of Northwest Steelheaders on Fish Eggs to Fry, a program of Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, and connected with Eco-Schools USA. Fish Eggs to Fry brings trout and salmon eggs to school aquariums. As the eggs hatch and the fish grow, the classroom is transformed into an observation and learning laboratory where students become budding Salmon Stewards of the future.

Learn more about the Fish Eggs to Fry program here.

Monarch Conservation

Mayors and other city leaders across the West are pledging to protect the iconic and imperiled western monarch butterfly by taking the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge. These cities and towns, both large and small, urban and rural, commit to implementing actions that create habitat for monarchs and other pollinators while educating and engaging community members in the process.

View the Mayors' Monarch Pledge and learn more here.

Schoolyard Habitats are another great way to provide habitat for monarchs and other wildlife. The National Wildlife Federation’s Monarch Mission PK-12 Curriculum complements its Eco-Schools USA and Schoolyard Habitat programs. These lessons and activities can be used as a resource to guide youth engagement in nature while creating gardens that support western monarch recovery and provide opportunities for observations.

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Garden for Wildlife

Our Certified Wildlife Habitat® program engages people to make it a priority to provide habitat for wildlife by providing the basic elements that all wildlife need. If you love gardening and connecting with people in your community, the National Wildlife Federation can help you certify your community as a certified Community Wildlife Habitat™ through our Garden for Wildlife™ movement. A Community Wildlife Habitat is a community that provides habitat for wildlife throughout the community—in backyards, on school grounds, and in public areas such as parks, places of worship and businesses. 

Oregon has over 3,700 Certified Wildlife Habitats® and over 195 Schoolyard Habitats. Benton County (Corvallis) is recognized as the only Community Wildlife Habitat in the state. In Oregon, the National Wildlife Federation has teamed up with their state affiliate partner, the Association of Northwest Steelheaders, recognizing that healthy habitats equal healthy watersheds for fish. Sustainable gardening practices are more important than ever as what happens in the backyard eventually flows downstream. From migrating salmon to monarchs, stream corridors play a vital role in a majority of life cycles.

Find more information, visit the Northwest Steelheaders Garden for Wildlife page.


For more information about the National Wildlife Federation’s Oregon Education Programs, please contact Morgan Parks at ParksM@nwf.org.

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