Who We Are


The goal of the Oregon Environmental Literacy Program is to support teachers in collaboration with non-formal educators to foster Environmental Literacy of Kindergarten through 12th grade students by engaging students in activities and experiences that:

  • Increase their awareness, understanding, and knowledge of the environment and their relationship to it
  •  Participate as citizens in the stewardship of the environment
  • Prepare them to engage in actions that ensure a sustainable future
  •  Contribute to establishing healthy lifestyles

To accomplish this goal OELP works to build the capacity and confidence of educators by:

  • Providing statewide professional development for non-formal educators to cultivate excellence in Environmental Education. Providing support for improving program quality and alignment to education standards
  • Conducting Research and Assessment of current environmental education programs to qualify and quantify educational, social, behavioral benefits of environmental literacy
  • Providing access to support and provide resources for teachers, community educators, general public via an on-line Resource Directory
  • Building capacity for environmental literacy through statewide partnerships, including Regional Teams

The OSU Leadership Team are OSU Extension faculty that provide administrative oversight of the program and work with a Program Council to provide strategic leadership and implementation.

Renee O'Neill
Oregon Outdoor School
Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator
OELP Communication and Outreach Coordination
Pat Willis
4-H Youth Development Faculty, Washington Co.
OELP Grant Coordination
Maggie Livesay
OSU Extension
4-H Natural Resources Outreach, County Leader
LeeAnn Mikkelson
Oregon Natural Resources Education Program
OELP Program Coordinator
Jenna Mendenhall
Oregon Environmental Literacy Program
Project Coordinator
OELP Staff
Emily Anderson
Oregon State University Lane County Extension
4-H Program Coordinator
Elissa Wells
4-H Youth Development Faculty, Douglas Co.
OELP Impacts, Awards and Recognition Coordination
Barbara Brody
4-H/Familiy Community Health Faculty, Malheur Co. Extension
OELP Regional Network Coordination

The OELP Program Council is a “working” council comprised of 12-15 members representing organizations and stakeholders across Oregon with a strong interest in Environmental Literacy. The Council works in partnership with the OSU leadership team to develop a strategic plan, sets priority projects in each identified focus area, and implements priority projects. Council members are selected by the leadership team through an application process.

Steven Braun
Lane County STEM
Statia Ryder
Curry Watershed Council
Watershed Education Coordinator
Norie Dimeo-Ediger
Oregon Forest Resources Institute
Director of K-12 Education Programs
Lisa Phipps
Tillamook Estuaries Partnership
Executive Director
Kirin Stryker
Powell Butte Charter School
Kathryn Lynch
University of Oregon
PH.D., Co-Director, Environmental Leadership Program
Jennifer Grube
Philomath Outdoor School
Director, Philomath Outdoor School Program
Jenn Berry-O'Shea
Powell Butte Community Charter School
Fran McReynolds
Tillamook Forest Center
Carolyn Nesbitt
High Dessert Museum
Curator of Education
Alison Heimowitz
Oregon Zoo
School and Teacher Liaison

These are teams of 2-3 individuals from an area of the state that bring together their local networks agencies, organizations, tribes, business and others who deliver or engage in K-12 environmental education programming. They are promoting regional collaboration in sharing information and resources, assessing needs, and providing training.

North Willamette Valley

Stephanie Wagner
Portland State University
John Sheehan
Jen Nelson Sneed
Bonny Glendenning
Port Blakely Tree Farms
Bethany Thomas
Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors

Central Coast

Sarah Shaw Roberts
Oregon Coast Aquarium

South Willamette Valley

Robyn Anderson
The Museum of Natural and Cultural History (University of Oregon)
Beth Krisko
Forests Today and Forever


Libby VanWyhe
North Mountain Park Nature Center
Bird (Teresa) Wicks
Klamath Watershed Partnership

Central Willamette Valley

Lacey Moore
Jody Einerson
OSU Ext. Benton Co. Sustainability Stewards
(541) 766-6750
Heath Keirstead
Benton Co. Soil & Water Conservation Dist.
(541) 753-7208

North Coast

Kristi Foster
Tillamook Estuaries Partnership


Jackie Wilson
The Environmental Center


Amy Busch
Wallowa Resources