Category Archives: Outreach

Future CONNECT and Conservation Gathering Conference Scheduling

by Jason Faucera

Oregon Conservation Partnership

The 2015 Gathering for Conservation conference hosted by the Network and OACD was well attended and well regarded. Similarly, CONNECT has been going strong since 2009, and has become a great event for district and council staff who want to focus on technical training. Both CONNECT and The Gathering have received overwhelmingly positive feedback along with suggestions for improvement. One frequent question […]

River Restoration Northwest seeking Videos for ‘Stories of Our Watersheds’ Film Event

by Jason Faucera

River Restoration Northwest (RRNW) is seeking video submissions for their annual ‘Stories of Our Watersheds’ film event. The initial film screening will be held in Portland at the Hollywood Theater on April 13th, 2016. The planning committee is currently soliciting short films that acknowledge the many disciplines/perspectives of the river or watershed restoration industry, watershed stakeholders and river users. Films should not […]

OCEAN is excited to announce CONNECT 2016!

by Communications Committee


CONNECT 2016 April 19 – 21 Salishan Resort, Gleneden Beach, Oregon Prepare for another year of great training, networking, and beautiful surroundings on the Oregon Coast. Registration details will arrive in late February or early March, and all materials will be posted on the CONNECT Event page on the OCEAN website. If you know of a Vendor or Sponsor that would be […]

Listen to Farmers – Shop Talks and Field Days

by Teresa Matteson

Over the past five years Oregon’s soil health educators have reached over one thousand farmers, agency staff and students through workshops, field days and classroom settings. Consistently, evaluations from the events indicate that the audiences most appreciate hearing directly from farmers about their real world experiences, what works, and lessons learned. This spring, to address those needs Benton and Linn SWCDs each […]

OCEAN to Hold its Annual Meeting at CONNECT 2015

by Jason Faucera

In line with what we have done for the past 6 years, OCEAN is holding its Annual Meeting at CONNECT 2015. Last year was extremely productive and brought some major organizational changes. We are looking forward to showing you what we have accomplished, but more importantly to involve you in guiding our future. The Annual Meeting will take place on Wednesday, April […]

OCEAN is Restructuring to Increase Opportunities for Leadership

by Communications Committee

During our strategic planning session in February one of the major topics discussed was sustainability, not in the natural resource conservation context of the word, but rather in taking the momentum the organization has built over its recent past and sustaining it into the future. One of the outcomes of that discussion was the need to maximize participation at the board level. […]

Why You Should Attend an Education and Outreach Class at CONNECT

by Jen Nelson

April is approaching, and you might be considering what classes you want to take at CONNECT. With so many great technical offerings, you might overlook the education and outreach track entirely. Don’t do that! These great topics are useful for every employee at a conservation district or watershed council. For example… Have you ever needed a photo for that newsletter article you […]

Applied Training: Examples of Learning with Fred Pryor Enrollment

by Teresa Matteson

Excel Pivot Table

This year, OCEAN negotiated for Oregon SWCD employees to subscribe to a year of Fred Pryor Trainings at a significantly reduced rate of $199. According to Fred Pryor representative, Rebecca Oakman, 36 OCEAN participants have taken advantage of these valuable courses. Fred Pryor offers over 2600 course titles that cover a broad range of instruction topics and most are available online at […]

OCEAN Awards Nominations Open Until April 3rd

by Communications Committee

OCEAN Employee of the Year Award

OCEAN is soliciting Award Nominations for presentation at CONNECT 2015. The deadline for submission is April 3, 2015 at 5:00 pm. Please take the time to nominate an outstanding District employee, and to ensure your employees are recognized for their length of service with Districts. These nominations enable OCEAN to recognize the people that help make conservation districts successful in delivering conservation […]

OCEAN is now a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization

by Jason Faucera

Oregon Conservation Education & Assistance Network

OCEAN is happy to announce that effective February 4th, 2015, we have been determined by the IRS to be exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. While the discussion about this step originated more than 5 years ago, the process involved in making it happen was important to ensure that once we achieved non-profit status, we […]