Join Us For Fun, Adventure, & Play Each Friday

studying wildflowers on the prairie

During the school year, we offer up to 16 classes for 5th-8th graders on Fridays (about 8 classes each fall and spring). WREN students learn about Wallowa County natural and cultural history through hands-on and self-discovery activities.

Classes teach skills in exploring, discussing, analyzing, and evaluating our environment. We also provide kids with guided hands-on field research and community service projects. Whenever possible, local nature resource professionals and landowners join us, exposing students to future career opportunities, local knowledge, and real-life research.

Our Goals

  • To increase understanding of local cultural and biological diversity and its systems
  • To expose youth to the local culture and biological diversity within Wallowa County and increase their appreciation of it
  • To increase their awareness of how humans and ecology are connected

We offer a wealth of classes. In the past, we have offered classes in wildlife biology, forestry, early homestead history, geocaching, and more. Contact us if interested in being a guest speaker.

Class Schedule & Fees

April 5  Snow Science in the Mountains Kick off the WREN seasons by snowshoeing on top of Salt Creek Summit. Learn about avalanche science with local experts and spend the day in the snow!

April 12 Forester for a  Day Are you curious what happens in a forest? How do they stay healthy? What are all these trees called? Join for a hike in the woods and learn from local professionals as we become foresters for a day!

April 26  Writing a Landscape Beautiful landscapes have inspired creativity since the beginning of time.  Wallowa County is no exception. Join Cam Scott from Fishtrap out on the great landscapes of Wallowa County and get inspired to do some writing of your own.

May 3 Engineering a Future Do you like to build things, get creative and solve problems? Then this day is for you! Explore renewable energy and engineering design and put those designs to the test!  Learn to build for a better future!

May 10  Flower Power Come explore the Zumwalt in all it’s glory!  Learn about all the many things that grow up on the prairie and take some time with biologists to get up close and personal with the flora of the Zumwalt.

May 17/18  WREN Overnighter End the season with an overnight campout under the stars with fun challenges, games and a campfire to cap it off.  We will leave Friday and be back Saturday at 3pm.  **Camping Gear and food are provided**

Tuition: We’re trying something new in Friday WREN! We believe that every kid that wants to, should get to participate in WREN and we are working to make our classes even more accessible to everyone, regardless of income, so we have dropped the mandatory fee for our Friday WREN classes this spring. WREN incurs a cost, but we are hoping we can sustain the great programming you have come to expect through community donations.

Suggested donation per class is $15-20 dollars.
If you can swing that, great! If not, don’t worry about it!

Registration is due Friday, March 29th, 2019.

Questions? Contact Lindsay Miller

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