Nearby Nature:

Nearby Nature is a non-profit education organization based in Eugene, Oregon. Founded in 1992, Nearby Nature is dedicated to fostering appreciation of nature nearby and providing tools for ecological living. The staff at Nearby Nature leads nature walks, teaches summer day camps, hosts school programs, sponsors special events, teaches adult workshops and works on environmental restoration projects such as the Whilamut Natural Area of Alton Baker Park. Since 1992, Nearby Nature's staff and volunteers have served tens of thousands of local children, adults, families, and teachers. They have also worked with thousands of volunteers and numerous community organizations.

To learn more about Nearby Nature and its work, visit: http://www.nearbynature.org/

Work with NCS:

Nearby Nature's offerings for Network Charter School integrate academics with hands-on activities, career- related skills, field trips to local natural areas and public libraries, and more. All of our classes revisit our mission to focus on nature, natural history, or ecological sustainability. For example, in addition to life and earth sciences, physical geography, natural history and outdoor literature, our physical education classes make an effort to visit green spaces throughout the city of Eugene, our health classes investigate environmental health issues, and our math classes study practical, real world situations.

Like other Network classes, our class sizes are small, affording great opportunities for teacher and student contact. Many of our science classes meet at our yurt in Alton Baker Park, allowing students to study and explore local nature.

Note on math: All math courses are paired with other content areas in three-hour class sessions. For 90 minutes, students attend the paired course, e.g. Calculating the Future (environmental studies) or Ultimate Frisbee (PE). For the other 90 minutes, students are grouped according to math needs, regardless of grade or age. The math courses address state requirements; every student receives strong support for earning the credits required for a diploma. Faculty members are highly qualified to teach courses from fundamentals through calculus. Project-based math focuses on critical thinking and includes fundamentals and topics in algebra. We use an externally developed assessment system to track progress, identify students' needs, and adjust instructional groups to nurture optimal learning.