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The award-winning Wildlife Stewards program -- a partnership with OSU Extension, 4-H, OSU Master Gardeners, the National Wildlife Federation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife and other state and federal agencies -- is expanding beyond Multnomah County to deliver environmental education programs statewide. The program promotes stewardship among youth by inspiring, educating and connecting communities, schools and natural resource organizations.
Here, students Minh-Ha Vo and Chris Brawner work to create a sustainable wildlife habitat in their Parkrose High School courtyard.
OSU in the community: learning through listeningListening for Change
The ethnic studies course was called "Cross Cultural Perspectives in Agricultural Labor," but the subtitle, "Learning through Listening," spoke volumes about what the course was trying to accomplish. For one week, these students interviewed migrant workers, farm owners and managers, local school and church leaders, and health and social workers.
After hearing from all sides, the students were asked to describe the overall issues, and the specific viewpoints of each of the stakeholders. "The ability to listen to different perspectives without letting your own biases interfere is a key to initiating real change." said Dwaine Plaza, an assistant professor of sociology at OSU.
Many Oregonians are familiar with the value that OSU Extension programs have brought to agriculture and other natural resource industries. They may not be as familiar with some of OSU Extension's youth- and family-oriented programs. Here are just a few examples:
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