Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors (ECO)



ECO inspires students to care for nature and their local communities through hands-on science education and climate action.

Bottom Line for Portland

Portland has deeply invested in environmental education to build a community, connected to the natural world. ECO has educated 32,000 elementary students to care for nature through its school based programs.


Your help is so critical at this time to help ECO get Climate Action curriculum into schools, supporting students and teachers learn and teach solutions. 


With your support, ECO can expand its programming to include Climate Action curriculum for middle and high school students, featuring biodiversity conservation, environmental justice, renewable energy, consumption and waste lessons to achieve actionable change.



“Studying ecology can help me learn about Nature, and help me change the way that I treat Nature.”

Corbett Elementary School, 5th grade student 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Equitable access to education is at the center of everything we do at ECO. With help from generous supporters and partners, ECO is able to offer its programs and curriculum for free or low cost to participating schools in Portland and accoss the state.

ECO commits to championing policies and practices of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive & equitable society.

​​ECO is committed to building equity into its organizational structure and culture through its mission, leadership, policies and programs. 

ECO is committed to building relationships across differences to share power and resources resulting in fair access to STEAM education curriculum and local natural areas where we can gather in community and advance our work.


Donations of $25 and above receive a coupon for a FREE Acai Bowl from Moberi!

Donations of $50 and above receive and a free pass to the Columbia Employee Store in January!!

Donations of $100 or more receive ALL of the Above and are entered to win one of our Outstanding Raffle Prizes including: Two night stay at the Inn at Manzanita, Timber tickets and more!!!

Business Partner(s)

ECO’s business partner is Portland’s own Brew Dr. Kombucha. Brew Dr. works to be a positive force within our community. Supporting environmentally-driven nonprofits through 1% for the Planet donations, we offer "Local Love," a paid volunteer day program for our employees, and we donate 1% of our Uplift revenue to organizations focused on racial justice. 

All donations to ECO through the Give!Guide will be matched by Brew Dr. up to $15,000!!

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Year Founded: 2005

Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors (ECO) is in the Environment category which is sponsored by A to Z Wineworks

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