Join Us For Fun, Adventure, & Play Each Friday
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.
- 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
October 4 Hiking in the Mountains: Kick off the WREN season by hiking in the mountains! Play games, work as a team and have a blast on the first day of Fall WREN
October 11 Insect Day: Are you curious about the things that crawl beneath our feet, the winged flyers and colonies of six-legged beasts? Get small and come study the incredible world of insects, one of the most diverse animal groups on the planet!
October 18 Building for Survival: Do you love to build with your hands? Are you interested in finding out what it would take to survive in the wilderness? Joins us for a day of discover and engineering as we examine how to build effective shelters for survival and put them to the test.
October 25 Creative Spaces: We live in a truly beautiful landscape that inspires creativity in each of us differently. Join us as we go out with Fishtrap to explore open spaces, tap into our inner creative mind and examine where science and art meet in the middle.
November 1 Backcountry Medicine: Come explore how to stay safe in the backcountry, learn what you should bring on a remote trip and ow you can use it to keep yourself and others alive and safe.
November 8 Astronomy: 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 3 pm.
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, September 20th, 2019.
Questions? Contact Lindsay Miller