Request a Classroom Presentation on Animals

Presentations about Oregon’s native animals are available to local teachers through the Youth Environmental Education Program (YEEP). ​Complement your classroom lessons by requesting a presentation or Discovery Hike field trip with City educational outreach staff, you can help your students discover what makes animals unique. They will learn about an animal’s adaptations, behaviors, or diet and participate in hands-on activities that supplement ​your science curriculum.

Presentations and discovery hikes​

The presentations are also available at outdoor school if you need an extra teacher. You can use one of YEEP’s topics or a hand-tailored lesson of your choice. You can choose from a variety of presentations and Discovery Hike field trips that help your class meet Next Generation Science Standards.


Presentations are one hour and given to one classroom at a time.

  • All about owls
  • Awesome ospreys
  • Bats
  • Beavers
  • Big cats
  • Black bears
  • Frogs
  • Gray whales
  • How does your garden grow?
  • Orcas
  • Slugs and worms
  • Wolves

​You can also request a presentation about water.

Discovery hikes

Field trips are approximately an hour and a half.

  • Orchard Heights Park: Look for neighborhood birds in this West Salem Park.
  • Minto-Brown Island Park: Observe ospreys and beavers in their native habitat.
  • Willamette Mission State Park: Learn about Salem’s first settlement while observing wildlife such as blue heron and bald eagles.
  • Neighborhood Parks: Find hidden gems as you explore your neighborhood park.

​How to register

YEEP registration begins on August 30, 2018 at 8:00 am. Please contact the Youth Environmental Education Program to receive a brochure with the full listing of courses offered for the 2018-2019 school year. Fill out the registration form and submit to the Youth Environmental Education Program.

Receive confirmation

After your request has been processed, you will receive an email confirmation email will include a list of supplies that your class will need the day of the presentation or field trip.

Arrange transportation

If your class is going on a field trip, you are responsible for arranging and paying for transportation for your class.

You can apply for the following grants to help fund your field trip. You must include the program’s name – Youth Environmental Education Program – as well as the presentation or field trip’s name in your grant application:

Pay a fee

​You will receive an invoice for your presentation or field trip. Fees are listed below:

  • Presentations: $25 per class​
  • Field trips: $4 per student for Title 1 schools, and $6 per student for all other schools

The Youth Environmental Education Program is funded in part by a grant from the Salem Foundation Donna E. Aldrich Trust.

Stay informed

Email the Youth Environmental Education Program Instructor to sign up for our email list and learn about upcoming opportunities for class presentations and field trips.

Email the Youth Environmental Education Program Instructor to sign up for our email list and learn about upcoming opportunities for class presentations and field trips.

Contact us

Youth Environmental Education Program InstructorPublic Works Department
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
555 Liberty ST SE RM 325
Salem OR 97301
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