School Year 2016-2017

tree-lady-pictures-004Welcom20150420_163132_resizede Back to School Oregon Teachers and Students! Talk About Trees, Oregon is excited to begin our 25th school year teaching our kids about Oregon’s Amazing Trees. Schedule your Classroom Programs soon!

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Summer Classroom Programs


As the school year is winding down, we are scheduling a limited number of Classroom Programs for the summer.  Facilitators are available to visit summer school classes, day camps, overnight camps and other summer programs.  We are also available to participate in summer festivals, providing hands on activities for children.

Summer time is also the time that TAT teaching materials and curriculum are revised.  This summer, the Primary Classroom Programs will be updated.  Stay tuned for new materials that will be available on the website by September, 2016.

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Happy New Year!

2015 brought many exciting changes for Talk About Trees, Oregon.

In March, a new Forest Careers Classroom Program was introduced and it has been very well received by teachers.  We also had several facilitators retire, or move on to new endeavors.  We will miss Linda Brodeur, Laurie Hayden Melissa Jackman and Sandy Reid.  Collectively, they represented more than 50 years teaching the TAT Classroom Program!  We have replaced these veteran educators with wonderful, diverse, energetic teachers.  We welcome Heidi Heidig in Southern Oregon, Tammie Milkes, Jenn Scott, Lisa Wilcke in the Portland Metro area and Anna Morgan in Eastern Oregon.

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School Year 2015 – 2016


School starts in Oregon today!  Welcome back teachers and students!  Talk About Trees facilitators are ready to begin to schedule Classroom Programs.  Indoors and Outdoor, Rain and Shine….we are ready to begin our 24th school year in the state of Oregon.

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Talk About Trees in looking for Three New Facilitators!


Three Positions Available:

1. NW, SE and SW Portland Public and Private Schools 

2. East Multnomah County School (Centennial, David Douglas, Park Rose, Reynolds School Districts) and area Private Schools

3. Yamhill County Public and Private Schools 

Click on the link below for more information:


2015 Job Announcement

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Summer Programs

Talk About Trees is happy to offer summer programs in 2015.  If you have a summer camp or community event and would like to have TAT participate, please send us an email:  [email protected]20150420_163132_resized

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Oregon Women in Timber’s 23rd Annual Auction Event

Oregon Women in Timber invites you to the 76th Annual Oregon Logging Conference and Oregon Women in Timber’s 23rdAnnual Auction Event to benefit the award winning forest education program, Talk About Trees!    The Auction will be part of the Meet & Greet festivities at the Eugene Hilton Hotel & Conference Center on Wednesday, February 19, 2014.  The doors will open at 4:00 PM, where the fun begins.  Enjoy hosted beer & wine while viewing the amazing silent and live items offered at the evening’s event. Tickets include a hearty buffet and a relaxed atmosphere to start the bidding for forestry education!

Over 2.3 million students and adults have participated in a Talk About Trees classroom program since 1991!  Talk About Trees is a statewide forestry education program focused on increasing the student’s knowledge and awareness of forestry and related issues.  This on-site, hands-on science unit is offered to pre-school through eighth grade students free of charge and is presented by Talk About Trees facilitators.

Oregon Women in Timber is a volunteer organization.  Your support makes a difference!  A contract with the Oregon Forest Resources Institute offers the primary financial support for the Talk About Trees program, but just as critical is the support from our annual auction, grants and the many generous donations from individuals and businesses just like you.  This assistance and confidence enables Talk About Trees to continue educating Oregonians, young and old, about the valuable resources in our renewable forests.

Please take a moment to consider how you can help keep this program in our schools.   Get the donation and ticket form by clicking here. Your attendance at our auction, a direct cash donation or donation of an auction item will help us to continue our success and reach even more students this school year.  Special donations such as trips, jewelry, guns or artwork always are big hits.

Oregon Women in Timber & the Oregon Logging Conference continue to work together to raise funds for the OLC Scholarship Fund and Talk About Trees by selling a 2014 commemorative lapel pin for $100.  The sale of each pin gives you an opportunity to support future generations and also a chance to win a $1000 VISA Gift Card!  The winner does not have to be present to win.    Remember – all donations and purchases are tax deductible.  Oregon Women in Timber is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.

To assure acknowledgement in our auction booklet we must receive your donation and or reservation by February 1, 2014.

Thank you for your continued support for forestry education!

Diann Washburn, Auction Chair

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School Year 2013-2014

We are busy preparing for our twenty-second school year teaching in Oregon classrooms.  Teachers, make sure you book your programs early.   Late summer and fall are both great times to start a tree unit.  If you aren’t studying trees until later in the school year, you can still book a program now.  Check out our new website:  Go to “For Teachers/Students”, then “Request” to schedule a program.

You can also find all our activities on our site, plus links to other sites of interests.

Have a great first week of school!

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Director’s Report – May 2013

talk about trees logoThis fall Talk About Trees (TAT) began its twenty-first year teaching in Oregon’s classrooms.  Since it’s inception in 1991, Talk About Trees facilitators have visited with over 2,400,000 people.  We continue to grow, becoming more involved in community events and evolving our materials to better serve our audience.

We currently have eighteen facilitators, contracted to teach forest education throughout the state of Oregon.  We offer programs to children from pre-school to middle school.  Additionally, we are active in many local and statewide events, educating the general population.

Talk About Trees is sponsored by Oregon Women in Timber (OWIT).  Oregon Women in Timber is funded in part by Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI).  Additional funds are raised through an annual auction and private and corporate donations.

The goals of the Talk About Trees program are:

  • to encourage awareness and appreciation for the value of trees and forests in our daily lives
  • to encourage an understanding about the protection, management and conservation of the renewable forest

Our forest programs focus on the following concepts:

  • Tree Identification/Classification
  • Photosynthesis/Tree Growth
  • Life Cycle of a Tree
  • Forest Health
  • Trees as a Renewable Resource

OLC School Tours Tami  kidsPre-school, Kindergarten, First and Second grade programs are approximately thirty minutes.  Third grade through Eighth grade programs are an average of sixty minutes.

In 1996, we added a classroom paper-making program that has been extremely well received. This program is designed to let each child make and keep their own piece of paper.  Through generous donations from Smurfit Newsprint and Boise Cascade, we have two videos that complement this program.

In 1999, Willamette Industries donated large group paper-making equipment so that we can also provide this experience to large crowds, as well as classrooms.

In 1997, we implemented an Outdoor component to the Talk About Trees program.  We now can join outdoor schools and other groups looking to experience forest education outside.  Each outdoor setting is unique and this program gives facilitators an opportunity to work in a variety of settings.

Talk About TreesIn 2001, with a grant from the Society of American Foresters, we developed a “Special Events Kit”.  This kit provides information and hands-on activities at statewide events such as county fairs, Arbor Day celebrations, science fairs, etc.

Prior to our classroom visit we encourage teachers to visit our website and use our activity packet to prepare their students for our classroom visit.  The activities are age appropriate and correlated to the Oregon State Educational Benchmarks.

Annual evaluations are administered to teachers and students alike.  Students retain better than 80% of the information presented when tested up to six months after a Talk About Trees Program.   Teachers continually rate our program as “excellent” and invite us to return to their classrooms year after year.

Talk About Trees continues to thrive and grow.  In the 2011-2012 school  year, we visited with over 131,000 children and adults.  The ongoing support of Oregon Women In Timber and Oregon Forest Resources Institute and their partners, will allow Talk About Trees to continue to educate Oregonians about the valuable resource of our forests.

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Talk About Trees Receives Award From SAF

Talk About Trees, Program Director, Joan Mason Ruud received a surprise congratulations email from Dick Powell, announcing that TAT had been selected to receive the Oregon Society of American Foresters’ “Forestry Appreciation Award” and extended an
invitation for her to attend OSAF’s annual meeting. The awards banquet was held on April 25th at the Wild Horse Casino in Pendleton. Joan was pleased to attend and was presented with a plaque and a donation for TAT. She acknowledged Oregon Women in Timber and the Oregon Forest Resources Institute for their many years of support and thanked the Society of American Foresters for their knowledge and contributions from their members throughout the years.

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