Community Outreach & Conservation Education
Conservation Partnerships

Our Program. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recognizes the importance of working with partners in the community through building relationships that will help conserve fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats. Our outreach program serves to link the work of the USFWS to the community and help connect people to nature by providing opportunities for citizens to take part in protecting our natural resources.

Bringing Environmental Education to Diverse Audiences

Image - Cover of Special Report (USFWS).

View - Flip Book format - PDF format

View - Individual Stories


NEW! Plant Heroes Curriculum Hub
Image - Plant Heroes logo.
A collection of lesson plans that relate to invasive species, plants and environmental stewardship that educators can search by age, subject, skills and learning standards to find resources that meet their needs.
Image - Plant Heroes cover. The Plant Heroes website also provides a lot of interactive learning activities online as well as a variety of downloadable activity books and field guides to enrich the learning experience.Check it out now!


The Pollinator Partnership is the largest organization in the world dedicated exclusively to the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems. For some simple things you can do to help pollinators, click here.

Photo - Boy observing monarch butterfly (USFWS).

Connecting People with Nature. Our goal is to get people to go outdoors and experience for themselves the joys of nature. It can be found in the parks, forests, beaches, and mountains of our beautiful region, and it's as nearby as your own neighborhood and your own backyard.

Photo - Crossing the stream (Flickr).

Come and check out our brand new website called 'Experience Nature!' It's full of good tips and great ideas for everything outdoors. Find out where to go, what to do, and even what to wear! Check it out and then GET OUT THERE! Experience Nature!

Schoolyard Habitats and Outdoor Classrooms

Photo - Outdoor classroom at Atkinson Elementary School, Portland, Oregon (USFWS).The Schoolyard Habitat program helps teachers and students create wildlife habitat on school grounds. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides and coordinates with other agencies to give technical assistance and project guidance; provides teacher training; develops written resources; and works with other in the community to incorporate habitat issues into new school construction and renovation projects. Learn more.

Connecting People with Nature Social Media Sites

Follow our blog Faces of Nature to see some what people are doing and discovering in the fascinating world of nature.

Become part of the Connecting People with Nature community on Facebook. Check in with us to learn about getting out!

Get the national perspective on Connecting People with Nature at Let's Go Outside!


For information, contact Nancy Pollot via email at or by phone at 503-231-6910.

Items of Note

Experience Nature!

For Educators
and Students

Science Resources

We Share One Place: Oregon's Endangered Species:
(Downloadable curriculum)

Salmon Watch Curriculum

Education Trunks

Student's Guide to
Climate Change

Freshwater Mussel Activity Book and Learning Resource


For Schools

Schoolyard Habitats
and Outdoor


For Kids


Puzzles, Games, Activities

Children's Privacy Policy


For Families

Why Take Your Kids Outside?
Helping Families Connect with Nature