James Davis doing keynote address at UERC Luncheon in 2007

Remembering James Davis

In December 2022, the Bird Alliance of Oregon community lost a beloved member of the flock. James Davis, an amazing naturalist and educator, served as Bird Alliance of Oregon’s first director of education and his vision and expertise laid the foundation for much of the programming that continues to this day.

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A group of kids hike through the Columbia River Gorge. The photo shows them walking on a trail away from the camera with the Columbia River in the background.

A More Democratic Camp: Response to Our New Sliding Scale

Bird Alliance of Oregon Education is dedicated to creating opportunities for all people to connect to nature in ways that are meaningful for them. Summer camp is a vital element of this platform, offering children the opportunity to explore, learn, and delight in nature for weeks at a time, while providing essential child care to families. This year we committed to expand access to camp by piloting a sliding scale payment model.

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Three Green Leaders sitting at welcome table

Green Leaders Initiative

This spring, Bird Alliance of Oregon launched a brand-new, paid, nine-month youth leadership program in partnership with Hacienda Community Development Corporation. Through our new Green Leaders program, five young adults from Hacienda will act as educators and organizers, developing hyperlocal outdoor education in response to their neighbors’ pressing needs during the pandemic.

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