Niki, AmeriCorps VISTA with MRWC, and Tyler from IAE teach a 3rd grade class about birds.


The Classroom Across Borders program connects young students in Guanajuato, Mexico with dual language (Spanish-English) students in Oregon at Lincoln and Garfield Elementary schools in Corvallis, South Shore Elementary in Albany, and El Puente Bilingual Elementary in Milwaukie. Students in both countries learn about watershed health, migratory birds, insects, water quality, and a range of environmental health topics dealing with the Willamette River in Oregon and the Rio Laja in Mexico. Students share their findings through letter exchanges and video chats.

The Corvallis students also participate in field trips out to Bald Hill Farm, where lessons are taught by trained high school peer mentors from our Peer Mentor Program.

This program is also supported by the Institute for Applied Ecology and sponsored by the Gray Family Foundation.