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.

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.

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.


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

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


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