It’s never too early to plan for summer!

Dreaming of warmer and drier days? It’s not too early to make summer plans to travel, work, study and play. This summer, you can do it all when you enroll in summer classes at Oregon State. Classes range from one to 11 weeks, and summer courses help you stay on track for graduation. Don’t forget, everyone pays in-state tuition.*

Plan today with your family, friends and academic advisor and discover how you can make this summer your best!

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*Not eligible for OSU Ecampus, VetMed or PharmD classes or INTO students.

F2O-Forest to Ocean

F2O – Forest to Ocean is a summer session program designed to reveal how exploration of forests and marine environments can be used to teach others about science, mathematics, social science, and the language arts. For the student interested in either formal or informal education, F2O introduces design principles relevant to both of these natural resource education tracks. Two courses – SED 435/535 and FES

430/530 – serve as foundations for the F2O program. Students interested in the larger program will register for either course, or both if they are interested in going that route. Here is a description of the ‘F2O-Forest to Ocean’ foundation courses:

SED 435/535Communicating Ocean Sciences to Informal Audiences is for students interested in improving their ability to communicate their scientific knowledge by helping general public and student audiences learn about ocean sciences in a wide variety of learning settings. This course combines instruction in inquiry-based teaching methods and learning theory with work in local informal learning settings like museums, aquariums and libraries. No prior ocean sciences content knowledge is required.

               -Summer Session CRN: SED 435: 74729 / SED 535: 74571

FES 430/530Forest as Classroom is designed for those preparing for careers in formal or informal education, and who are interested in teaching others about natural resources. The course centers on how to use forest exploration as a means of teaching others about science, ecology, mathematics, social science, and history. Through examination of tree growth and morphology, forest ecology, and forest management issues, students not only learn about forest resources, they discover interdisciplinary methods used to teach others about science, math, and other fields.

              –Summer Session CRN: FES 430: 74539 / FES 530: 74540

Again, students may register for one or both courses (SED 435/535 for 3 credits and/or FES 430/530 for 4 credits). Any student wanting to register for both will need a registration conflict override.

Courses meet online asynchronously June 26-July 28.  Both courses meet together face to face on the Corvallis campus July 10-14, 9 AM to 5 PM, which includes a mandatory off-campus field trip on Wednesday, July 12.

On-campus housing is available.  See the University Housing and Dining Services website:

Please contact either course instructor with questions:

SED 435/535: Amy Hoffman or 541-737-2545

FES 430/530: Dave Stemper or 503-828-6347





Natural Resources Leadership Academy

Get a jumpstart on your graduate degree by earning up to 4 graduate credits in one week with the Natural Resources Leadership Academy this summer at Oregon State

June 18-23 and June 26-30 | Corvallis, Oregon

Register today for OSU’s Natural Resources Leadership Academy (NRLA), which brings together graduate students and professionals from across the world to establish connections, enhance leadership skills and learn from experts on timely, relevant topics in today’s changing world.

Spend a week – or two –with internationally renowned faculty and industry leaders studying natural resources issues. These one-week intensive learning experiences will enhance your leadership skills and prepare you to solve complicated natural resources problems. Tracks can be taken for graduate credit to be applied to a graduate certificate or a master’s or Ph.D. degree program or for professional development (noncredit).

Week one offerings:

  • Social Aspects of Sustainable Natural Resources (SNR 520)
  • Sustainability Assessment (SUS 514/599)
  • Water Conflict Management and Transformation (WRP 521)

Week two offering:

  • Resilient and Robust Resource Management (WRP 599)

Summer Business Minor

OSU Summer Session, in partnership with the College of Business, is pleased to announce a new offering during summer term at OSU. Regardless of their major, students can complete a minor in business and entrepreneurship in just two short summers.

This exclusive opportunity allows students to focus on their major course work during the academic year and on business courses during summer.

All courses are offered on campus in Corvallis and online through Oregon State Ecampus, providing flexibility to mix and match on-campus and online offerings. Summer also has the unique benefit of offering business courses in four and eight weeks in length. And all students pay in-state tuition rates for on-campus classes in the summer.* Students can pursue a business minor and still have the time to travel, work and play over the summer.

Why business and entrepreneurship?

OSU students can stand out among their peers by adding a minor in business and entrepreneurship, a good companion to any bachelor’s degree program and a great addition to their résumé. Today’s employers are looking for well-rounded employees, whether they are in natural resources, liberal studies, economics or any other career field. This minor equips students with the foundational skills to better understand business concepts, which is a valuable skill in any professional workplace.

Did you know?

OSU students who complete a minor in business and entrepreneurship can apply for OSU’s accelerated MBA program, saving them both time and money in pursuit of a graduate degree.

More information about this offering can be found at Please share this with students you advise and your colleagues. If you have any questions, please contact.

University of Montana Summer Course

University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station is offering a new exciting course this upcoming summer academic session: “Drone Remote Sensing of Freshwater Ecosystems.” This 3-credit upper division course focuses on current methods in GIS and remote sensing for freshwater ecosystem monitoring and management application.

You don’t have to be enrolled at UM to apply; the course is open to students from all institutions and other professionals with prior experience or coursework in GIS and runs Monday-Friday 8-5 PM August 7-18, 2017. See more information about FLBS and the summer academic program.

Apply now online at

Scholarship materials are due April 3, 2017. Last day to apply/register for Summer Session 2017 is May 24, 2017. Fees are due May 31, 2017.

FALL 2017


Credits: 3        Instructor: Dave Stemper

Managing Natural Resources for the Future is designed for students interested in learning about how natural resources are managed in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Students gain exposure to key natural resource issues of the Pacific Northwest, and how natural resource specialists come together to work on them. Students discover some methods utilized to help ensure that our bounty of natural resources remain available for future generations to utilize and enjoy.

In the process of examining contemporary natural resource issues, NR

201 will cause you to re-examine the opinions and values you hold regarding natural resources and their management.

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Ecampus, Fall Term 2017

Credits: 3        Instructor: Dave Stemper

‘Where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled…’

‘Where man himself is a visitor who does not remain…’

‘Where land retains its primeval character and influence…’

…these are some terms used to define wilderness, according to the Wilderness Act of 1964. Yet wilderness means so much more. Come explore the meaning and significance of wilderness via FES 352 – Wilderness Management.

FES 352 – Wilderness Management is a dynamic course offered through Oregon State University Extended Campus.  Join us as we explore evolution of the wilderness concept, development of wilderness policy, and strategies for dealing with contemporary wilderness management issues.

Is it possible to love an area to death?

One issue addressed in FES 352 is that of ‘visitor impact’. We’ll discover how managers deal with the effects of high visitation, via exploration of wilderness areas such as Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area, Colorado’s Indian Peaks, and others.

Through online content and outdoor exploration, you’ll discover unique wilderness characteristics, along with strategies for managing this vital American resource.

Come explore America’s unique wilderness heritage.

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FES 493/593 – ENVIRONMENTAL INTERPRETATION Ecampus, Fall Term 2017

Credits: 4        Instructor: Dave Stemper

Energize your presentations, guided tours, and visual displays

In Environmental Interpretation, students discover how to craft messages specially tailored to engage visitors to interpretive settings. This includes not only those visiting parks, zoos, museums, and nature centers, but also users of digital media.

Offered through OSU Extended Campus, Environmental Interpretation reveals the value of interpretation as a communication strategy.

Students receive training in communication techniques applicable to a range of disciplines, including natural resource management, cultural & historical resource management, digital media design, and journalism.

Students participate in real-world interpretive projects available through natural resource agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service and Oregon State Parks, and connect to internship and employment opportunities available through these and other agencies.

Environmental Interpretation adds value to your transcript, and satisfies core requirements and specialty options within OSU’s Natural Resources Degree Program.

In addition, students are made aware of additional training and certification opportunities available through the National Association for Interpretation (NAI).

So if you’ve ever envisioned yourself working as a park ranger, nature center director, digital media designer, exhibit designer, or if you simply want to improve your communication skills, then this is the course for you.

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Ecampus, Fall Term 2017

Credits: 4        Instructor: Dave Stemper

Use the outdoors as a teaching tool!

Forest as Classroom (FES 430/530) is an online course designed for students interested in teaching others about natural resources, while learning a bit about those resources along the way.

Forest as classroom uses exploration of outdoor landscapes as a means of teaching others about science, ecology, mathematics, social science, and history. Through examination of forest ecology, forest succession, and broader natural resource management issues, students not only learn about natural resources, they discover some interdisciplinary methods used to teach about science, math, and other fields.

Forest as Classroom meets various requirements and options within the Natural Resources Degree Program, and can serve as an elective within the Education Double Degree and Education Minor programs.

In addition, Forest as Classroom can be used as an elective within the following degree programs: Master of Education (Ed.M., online), Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T. online), and Master of Science in Science Education (M.S., on campus).  Please speak with your advisor if interested in pursuing any of these options.

Whether a student sees themselves as a classroom teacher, interpreter, or scientist, Forest as Classroom provides an opportunity to improve teaching and communication skills.

Explore a Virtual Forest!

I am particularly excited about ‘Forest as Classroom’, as the fall term course will be the first of mine to incorporate a Virtual Reality

(VR) component. I am working with a tech-master at OSU Extended Campus to develop a module allowing one to explore a virtual forest. I am really excited about it, and hope that students will come on board to help me fine-tune this new and developing realm (virtual reality). I am going to incorporate an EXTRA CREDIT opportunity into the fall term offering, allowing students to gain extra credit by providing feedback on the new VR module. Students using multiple media platforms to access the course will let me know what works well, and more importantly what doesn’t.

Join us Fall Term 2017 for Forest as Classroom!

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