Become an Eco Explorer. Enjoy nature close to home!

Each spring, our Eco-Explorers field trips provide unique outings to nearby natural areas focused on iconic species and their native ecosystems. Grades 1-5 classrooms spend most of a day visiting sites such as Minto Brown Island Park, John Neal Park or Champoeg State Park to study wildlife, including beavers, ospreys, and acorn woodpeckers - and their habitats.

The students also conduct macroinvertebrate studies, test water quality, and calculate the ages of native broadleaf trees.


Eco Explorer dates:

Who is eligible:  Grades 1-5 classrooms and homeschool groups

What SEC provides: All standards-based environmental studies curriculum planning and instruction plus snacks during break times.

Curriculum:  Our outdoor school curricula revolves around innovative STEM practices, which include scientific inquiry, community partnerships and applied learning.

Our approach:  Each Eco Explorer session serves one classroom at a time for day field trips. We work on a small scale so we can keep the student-to-instructor ratio low and ensure that the learning experience is of the highest quality for the students.

Where: Local parks around the Salem area including Deepwood, Champoeg State Park, Minto Island Park and more.

Cost: $5 /student with a minimum of 30 students or $150 per class. Select need-based tuition scholarships are available