The OE 2015 Environmental Studies May Term

The Oregon Extension is very excited to be kicking off a new environmental studies May Term, starting this year, May 27 to June 19.


We are currently accepting applications for our courses in geology and natural history (4 credits), conservation photography (3 credits), and geographic information systems and cartography (4 credits).

The total program cost includes $600 per credit hour for tuition, $150 for equipment/activities fees, and $400 for housing. All students will be living and cooking together in the cabin and bunkhouse units for this program, and we recommend budgeting an additional $250 for the purchase of food. Students may be eligible for financial aid that could reduce these costs.

Check out our May Term website to apply and to review more detailed course descriptions. Or feel free to email us at with questions about credits, costs, financial aid, or other issues.

Come see how beautiful the Greensprings are during the spring months and come explore the ecological diversity of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument!

Oregon Extension Fall 2014 Books

Oregon Extension Fall Semester Books 2014

Summer Reading

Duncan, David James. The River Why. Twentieth Anniversary ed. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 2002.

Wirzba, Norman. Living the Sabbath: Discovering the Rhythms of Rest and Delight. Grand Rapids, MI:Brazos Press, 2006.


Segment 1

Leopold, Aldo. A Sand County Almanac. New York: Ballantine Books, 1986. ISBN: 0345345053

McPhee, John. Encounters with the Archdruid. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1980.

Cronon, William. Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West. New York: W.W. Norton, 1992.

Marris, Emma. Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World. New York: Bloomsbury, 2013.

Gilbert, Elizabeth. The Last American Man. New York: Penguin Books, 2003.


Segment 2

Russell, Mary Doria. The Sparrow. New York: Ballantine, 1997.

Girard, René. I See Satan Fall Like Lightning. Translated by James G. Williams. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2001.

Tutu, Desmond. No Future without Forgiveness. New York: Doubleday, 1999.


Segment 3

De Bottom, Alain. The Art of Travel. New York: Vintage, 2002.

Pirsig, Robert M. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values. New York: HarperTorch, 2006.

Byl, Christine. Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods. Boston: Beacon Press, 2014.


Segment 4

Hart, David Bentley. Doors of the Sea: Where Was God in the Tsunami? Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2011.

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. The Brothers Karamozov. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2005.

2015 Campus Visit Schedule

Jan. 22, 23, 26 Hope Melissa
Jan. 27-28 Westmont Tad
Feb. 2-4 Eastern Heidi
Feb. 5-6 Villanova Heidi
Feb. 9-11 Gordon Heidi
Feb. 13 Gordon Global Ed Fair Heidi
Feb, 18-20 EMU Heidi
March 4-5 Goshen Tad
March 9-10 Calvin Tad

The Oregon Extension Fall 2015 Stipend

reading2.jpgOnce again, the Oregon Extension has been awarded a development grant for the fall of 2015 from the Clif Bar Family Foundation.  Under the terms of the grant, any student who applies and is accepted for this coming fall will receive a $2,500 stipend for the semester.  The stipend may be used to pay for room, board, activities fee, books, tuition, travel, or any expenses related to the semester, after the semester begins.  This is a one-semester grant and applies only to the fall 2015 Oregon Extension program.  Spaces for the fall are limited.  The $2,500 stipend will be awarded to all fall students.

Oregon Extension Fall 2013 Books

Oregon Extension Fall Semester Books 2013

Boers, Arthur. Living into Focus. Brazos Press, 2012.

Bok, Sissela. Exploring Happiness: From Aristotle to Brain Science. New Haven: Yale, 2011.

Byl, Christine. Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods. Boston: Beacon Press, 2013.

Dillard, Annie. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. New York: Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2007.

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. The Brothers Karamazov (Dover Thrift Edition). Trans. Constance Garnett. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, Inc., 2005.

Duncan, David James. The Brothers K

Girard, Rene. I See Satan Fall Like Lightning. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2001.

Griswold, Eliza. Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010. 

Hart, David Bentley. The Doors of the Sea: Where Was God in the Tsunami. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2005.

Ilgunas, Ken. Walden on Wheels. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.

Kittredge, William. Balancing Water: Restoring the Klamath Basin. Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 2000.

Lewis, Michael, ed. American Wilderness: A New History. NY: Oxford Univ. Press, 2007.

Russell, Mary Doria. The Sparrow. New York, NY: Ballantine Books (Random House), 1997.

Oregon Extension alum builds tiny house for grad school

Oregon Extension alum, April Anson (OE 99), built a tiny, portable house as a residence during her graduate studies in ecocriticism. Read the full story and view photos.

Follow April’s blog for even more photos.

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Photos: Harry L. Evans Prayer Chapel (updated Oct. 2011)

The chapel is named in honor of Harry L. Evans, president of Trinity College (1968-82), enthusiastic supporter of the Oregon Extension during its founding days in 1974-1975.

The chapel is due for completion and dedication in the spring of 2012.

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