F2O – Forest to Ocean

F2O – Forest to Ocean is a summer program designed to inspire educators to take their passion of exploring forests and marine environments and use it to teach others about science, mathematics, social science and the language arts.

Forest to ocean

Take your passion for forests and marine environments to the next level. The F2O program will help you effectively teach others about science, math, social science and language arts.

Two courses – SED 435/535 and FES 430/530 – serve as foundations for the F2O program.

Communicating Ocean Sciences to Informal Audiences
(SED 435 and SED 535)

Sometimes, explaining your scientific findings to non-scientists can be a challenge. This class is your solution. Learn to turn your knowledge into interesting information for the general public. Engage in interactive activities that combine instruction in inquiry-based teaching methods and learning theory with work in local learning settings, such as museums, aquariums and libraries. No prior ocean sciences knowledge is required.

Forest as Classroom
(FES 430 and FES 530)

Do you envision yourself as a classroom teacher, naturalist, interpreter or scientist? Here’s the class you’ve been looking for. Explore the use of outdoor landscapes as a means of teaching about science, math, social science and the language arts. Through the examination of forest ecology and broader natural resource management issues, you will not only learn about natural resources, but also discover methods of teaching others.

Registration information

You may register for one or both courses (SED 435/535 for 3 credits and/or FES 430/530 for 4 credits). If you would like to register for both courses, please contact an instructor for a registration conflict override.


Courses meet online asynchronously June 26-July 28. Both courses also meet in person on the Corvallis campus from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 10-14. There will be a mandatory off-campus field trip Wednesday, July 12.

On-campus housing is available.

Contact information

Please contact either course instructor with your questions:

SED 435/535: Amy Hoffman
amy.hoffman@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-2545

FES 430/530: Dave Stemper
stemperd@onid.orst.edu or 503-828-6347