Environmental Health

4-H Egg to Fry projects bring ecology to life in 10 Portland metro area schools

Raising salmon and trout eggs in an elementary school classroom is an effective way to enhance a child’s understanding of how vitally important their environment is for their survival, and how people can greatly influence ...

Jun 2023 | Impact Story

Oregon students learn about importance of forestry in multilingual after-school program

One of the significant and ongoing challenges affecting STEM education in the United States is changing student demographics with increasing numbers of multilingual students learning in their second language. Language can make a ...

May 2023 | Impact Story

OSU Extension helps Oregon’s woodland owners manage their land

Oregon's family woodland owners manage close to 4.5 million acres – or 40% of all private forestland in the state. They make substantial contributions to local economic, social, ecological and recreational services. Building ...

May 2023 | Impact Story

More than 1,200 Benton County students take part in 4-H outdoor learning series

Studies show that American youths today are more connected to screens than to the outdoors. Parents of children 8 to 12 years old report their children spend three times as many hours with computers and televisions each week...

May 2023 | Impact Story

OSU Extension Master Naturalist program trains volunteers to be ambassadors for Oregon’s natural resources

People from all over the world come to enjoy Oregon’s beauty and natural resources, but few residents have the knowledge that would deepen appreciation of the state such as sharing how animals, plants and insects work ...

May 2023 | Impact Story

Clatsop County students learn benefits of forests in revived tour

A rich environment of forests and natural resources, Clatsop County in the northwest corner of Oregon offers a bounty of opportunities for careers in forestry, environmental and natural resources. Many residents aren’t aware of ...

Apr 2023 | Impact Story

Podcast brings science-based information to woodland owners and managers

When woodland owners encounter problems beyond their expertise, they often approach Oregon State University Extension Service experts for help. Traditionally, OSU Forestry and Natural Resources Extension faculty work with clients ...

Apr 2023 | Impact Story

More than 600 fifth-graders learn importance of Oregon’s forests from OSU Extension

Oregon’s forests, an economic and recreational powerhouse, can be a topic of contention. Information – and sometimes misinformation – filters down to children, who when misinformed may grow up with distrust in the state’s ...

Mar 2023 | Impact Story

Sagebrush in Prison Project teaches inmates horticulture and conservation

Climate change, drought, land use and wildfire on the sagebrush-steppe ecosystem of western United States negatively impact the iconic sage-grouse, which has seen its population decline over the decades. Although there are efforts to...

Mar 2023 | Impact Story

OSU researchers patent new packaging material made from food waste

It is estimated that 30-40% of food in the US is wasted, creating approximately 170 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and fostering climate change. When juiced, only 70-75% of the fruit is used, which means the...

Oct 2022 | Impact Story