Youth Education & Engagement

planting a rain garden with students

Stamberger Outreach Consulting provides youth engagement and education program development, implementation and evaluation services.  We also provide program coaching services.

We enjoy working with students of all ages and styles of engagement with nature on projects focused on non-point source pollution reduction, stream restoration, stormwater management, aquatic ecosystems, wildlife and forest ecology.

We are passionate about authentically engaging youth in decisions that affect their environment.  Youth voices often go unheard, and after all, they are inheriting the planet.  We include opportunities for youth to lead, have meaningful input and decision making in project design, and provide program staff with their evaluation of projects and programs. 

Examples of our projects include:

  • Tualatin River Farm hands-on watershed field trips for middle school students in Washington County, on behalf of Clean Water Servicies and Friends of Trees, in partnership with Tualatin Riverkeepers, served more than 600 7th grade students in 2015 and 2016
  • Coordinated and led nature-based field trips for youth ages 4-18 in Tigard on behalf of Tualatin Riverkeepers
  • Provided nature-based after school programming for community organizations that serve diverse community members including Community Partners for Affordable Housing and Adelante Mujeres on behalf of Tualatin Riverkeepers
  • Managed full-day nature summer camp program for ages 7-13 in Tigard on behalf of Tualatin Riverkeepers
  • Watershed Health Education Program on behalf of Clackamas County Water Environment Services, engaged over 2,000 high school, middle school and elementary school youth in in-classroom presenations about watershed health, and hands-on stormwater management projects at their schools, reducing stormwater runoff by 2.4 million gallons per year
  • Guided interpretive nature hikes in old growth Oregon forest as a Metro Volunteer Naturalist
  • Regular, recurring stewardship days with alternative high school students to teach stream restoration techniques through the City of Gresham
  • Teaching and managing international exchange student interns from a community college Natural Resources Program
  • Teaching and chaperoning 30 American high school students on a tour of Japan focused on watershed issues with Cultural Vistas International
  • Stormwater pollution presentation to third grade class who would write letters to school neighbors suggesting ways they can improve water quality through actions at home
  • Earth day service event with 90 kindergarten students conducting invasive weed maintenance
  • Water pollution presentation and ‘education program designer’ activity for 4-6 grade at Oregon Green Schools Summit
  • Third grade after school garden club, including garden preparation, planting, care-taking, harvesting and eating

planting event salamander volunteers