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Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute


Every year in June high school students and teachers from eastern Oregon arrive at one of Oregon’s newest state parks for a week-long immersion in studies related to nature and culture. Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute is a field studies program that uses the park setting for project-based learning on topics ranging from hydrology and botany to archaeology and photojournalism.

Led by experts in their fields, students gain experience and a deep understanding of these topics while earning college credit from Eastern Oregon University. Meanwhile, their teachers are developing plans to bring these local learning opportunities back to the classroom for the next school year. Along with learning field methods used by professional scientists and researchers, the teachers have a rare opportunity to spend time collaborating with colleagues and observing how students respond to project-based learning in an outdoor classroom.

2018 dates – June 17-22

Read about the June 2015 event on the Cottonwood Canyon State Park website HERE

View a video describing CCSI 2017 HERE

Samples of Student Work

Grain of Sand Invitation

Weed Transect Movie

Invasive Plant Species Poster

Bringing Back Bighorns

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