These community-based learning classes are designed to ignite questions, wonder, and reflections related to the ways we educate ourselves and the next generations as stewards of this planet. Through lived experiences, classroom exercises, relevant readings, and group projects, students will gain a wider and deeper appreciation of ecological, sustainability, and science education.

Spring and Fall Capstone Course

Service in these classes will focus on the Friends’ Nature Explorations for School Groups field trip program. Capstone students will have the opportunity to serve as Nature Guides for small groups of kindergarten and elementary aged students visiting the park. As our population has become more urbanized and technology oriented, children have fewer and fewer opportunities to interact with the natural world. We are all dependent on healthy ecosystems to support life on our planet, including our own, and we are increasingly asked to examine issues involving the environment. In order to make informed decisions about our personal role in supporting the environment, the Friends of Tryon Creek feel it is important to experience the natural world directly. The programs offered at the Park are oriented toward helping individuals develop personal connections to the living earth and begin learning science in a participatory way. It will be the role of Capstone students to assist children in their explorations of the Park and help them develop a comfort with our natural systems.

Summer Capstone Course

This course focuses on the preparation and presentation of environmental and sustainable education programs for Nature Day Campers at Tryon Creek State Natural Area. Collaborative groups will work to develop and present programs dedicated to educating Nature Day Campers about a variety of environmental and sustainability topics. These topics will be relevant to understanding both the natural history and future of Oregon’s Natural areas.

Programs will be a part of the afternoon activities presented to Nature Day Campers at Tryon Creek Natural Area. Class participants will function as Activity Leaders for small groups of campers during afternoon sessions. As our population has become more urbanized and technology oriented, children have fewer and fewer opportunities to interact with the natural world. We are all dependent on healthy ecosystems to support life on our planet, including our own, and we are increasingly asked to examine issues involving the environment. In order to make informed decisions about our personal role in supporting the environment, the Friends of Tryon Creek feel it is important to experience the natural world directly. The day camp programs offered at the Park are oriented toward helping campers develop personal connections to the living earth. It will be the role of class participants to assist campers in their explorations of the Park and help them develop a comfort with our natural systems and skills needed for sustainability.

 

PSU Capstone Page  Outdoor and Environmental Education Capstone

Instructor:
Gabe Sheoships
Education Director
Friends of Tryon Creek
503-636-4398 x 122
Gabe@tryonfriends.org