OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Ecoregion Field Courses

The 2019 Ecoregion Field Course season has ended. Please check back in early 2020 for updates for next year's course dates. Dates ususally start posting in late January or early February, and schedules come out when registrations open.

To become an Oregon State University Extension Master Naturalist, you must complete one Ecoregion field course. An Ecoregion course is a set of in-person classes taught within one of Oregon's ecologically distinct regions. These field-based courses, taught by experts, introduce participants to a wide range of natural history and conservation topics relevant to a single Ecoregion. A typical course contains 6-8 all day classes. Full course participation is expected. Click here to learn about our attendance policy.

As new Ecoregion courses are developed, we will include them here.


The following links contain details on Ecoregions field courses, including registration and schedules:

East Cascades - Klamath Basin (TBD in 2020)

The Klamath Basin course is going through a rebuilding effort. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work hard to build capacity in the program. If you are not already on our email list to learn when schedules are available, please enter your email address in the box located in the right-hand sidebar of this page.


Classes take place within the Klamath Basin, including stops at Crater Lake National Park and several sites just inside California. When a registration schedule is available, click on the "Details" link next to individual classes to find out more about location, times, and content. Scholarships are available to those that need financial assistance (75% off course fees). Look for the scholarship prompt while registering for the ecoregion course. All scheduled classes are subject to change

Klamath-Siskiyou Mountains (2020 dates TBD)

The organizers of this course give priority to participants who live in Southern Oregon. Space is limited and we will maintain a wait list. If you have questions, please contact Rachel Werling at Rachel.Werling@oregonstate.edu or 541-776-7371 ext. 211 in Jackson County.


Classes will take place within the Klamath-Siskiyou Mountains Ecoregion. When a registration schedule is available, click on the "Details" link next to individual classes to find out more about location, times, and content. Scholarships are available to those that need financial assistance (75% off course fees). Look for the scholarship prompt while registering for the ecoregion course. All scheduled classes are subject to change

Special thanks to all of our partners and sponsors that help make our Klamath-Siskiyou Mountians Ecoregion course in southern Oregon possible:

 

Bob and Phyllis Mace Watchable Wildlife Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation; Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife; Watchable Wildlife Foundation; Southern Oregon Land Conservancy; The Crest at Willow-Witt; Siskiyou Field Institute

                       
OSU Extension Jackson County logo Oregon Fish and Wildlife logo Watchable Wildlife logo
CREST logo       Southern Oregon Land Conservancy logo
Oregon-Community-Foundation logo

East Cascades - Central Oregon (2020 dates TBD)

Plans are to offer this course in 2020. If you are not already on our email list to learn about future offerings, please enter your email address in the box located in the right-hand sidebar of this page.


Special thanks to all of our partners that help make our East Cascades Ecoregion course in central Oregon possible:


Classes take place within and near the East Cascades Ecoregion in Central Oregon. When a registration schedule is available, click on the "Details" link next to individual classes to find out more about location, times, and content. Scholarships are available to those that need financial assistance (75% off course fees). Look for the scholarship prompt while registering for the ecoregion course. All scheduled classes are subject to change

Oregon Coast - South Coast (2020)

The Oregon Coast Ecoregion field course will return in 2020. If you are not already on our email list to learn when schedules are available, please enter your email address in the box located in the right-hand sidebar of this page.


Special thanks to our partners that help make our Oregon Coast trainings possible:

 


Classes take place along the South Coast, based in Charleston. When a registration schedule is available, click on the "Details" link next to individual classes to find out more about location, times, and content. Scholarships are available to those that need financial assistance (75% off course fees). Look for the scholarship prompt while registering for the ecoregion course. All scheduled classes are subject to change

Willamette Valley (2020 dates and location TBD)

Details on where this course will occur are being decided. The plan at this time is to offer a course in the North Willamette Valley, Portland metro-area. An application will likely be required for anyone wishing to be considered as a participant in the course. Due to high demand and a large backlog of people waiting to complete their Master Naturalist certification requirements, priority will be given to those living in the Willamette Valley, with additional priority for those living in the mid-Willamette Valley. All are welcome to apply.


Columbia River Gorge (2019)

The Columbia River Gorge field course will be offered on the following dates: April 13, May 4, May 18, June 1, July 13, September 8, September 21.

Click HERE to complete the application. An application is required for anyone wishing to be considered as a participant in the course. The organizers of this course are giving priority to those who live in the Columbia River Gorge (generally the area contained within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area) and those willing to give back part of their time to volunteer for local partner organizations. All are welcome to apply. If you have questions, please contact Ann Harris at Ann.Harris@oregonstate.edu or 541-386-3343 in Hood River County, or Michelle Sager at Michelle.Sager@oregonstate.edu or 541-296-1217 in Wasco County.


All classes will take place within the area designated as the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Please click on the "Details" link next to individual classes to find out more about location, times, and content. Scholarships are available to those that need financial assistance (75% off course fees). Look for the scholarship prompt while registering for the ecoregion course. All scheduled classes are subject to change.

Special thanks to all of our partners and sponsors that help make our Columbia River Gorge field course possible:

  • Hood River County Extension Service - OSU
  • Wasco County Extension Service - OSU
  • Friends of the Columbia Gorge
  • The Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute
  • Columbia Land Trust
  • Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum
  • Hood River Watershed Group
  • Mt. Adams Institute
  • Ice Age Floods Institute
  • Washington Department of Natural Resources