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Oregon Naturalist Online

Winter 2024 course registration is full - sign up for the waitlist to receive notifications of future course dates and course availability!

With Oregon Naturalist Online, learn about natural history, ecology and natural resource management practices by studying many aspects of Oregon’s environment.

The Oregon Naturalist Program provides an opportunity to learn about natural resources through the study of scientifically sound information:

  • The natural history of plants
  • Animals
  • Habitats
  • Geology
  • The history and processes of landscape change
  • And the most relevant topics in present-day sustainable natural resource management

As a part of the program, you get to volunteer for natural resources programs, agencies, organizations, and other groups in their communities.

This research-based course is offered each year in January and September.

In This Course, You'll Learn

  • The natural history of plants, animals, habitats and geology.
  • The history and processes of landscape change.
  • Relevant topics in present-day sustainable natural resource management.

Oregon Naturalist Mission

The Mission of the Oregon Naturalist Program is to develop a statewide corps of knowledgeable, skilled, and dedicated volunteers who enrich their communities and enhance public awareness of Oregon’s natural resources through conservation education, scientific inquiry, and stewardship activities.

For more information on requirements to become a certified Oregon Naturalist, visit the Extension Service Oregon Naturalist site.

Terra Magazine

Read about the Oregon Naturalist program in the article "Corps of Discovery" from Oregon State University's Terra Magazine, and watch the accompanying video "The Nature of Oregon."

Course Full
January 22 - April 14, 2024
price (2)
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"For me the pace and amount of material presented or made available for additional reading was just right.  Jason was on top of things when there was a computer glitch of any kind and promptly answered questions. Overall, I am very satisfied with the course."

William Buckley

"I have already used the watershed portion of the course in my fellowship to help prepare for a presentation. Thanks to Jason and his organization and insightful comments."

Wendy Doerner

"Overall a lot of really great information presented in a way that made it easy to understand. Online courses were straightforward and not overly technical, with avenues to get more technical if interested. In-person courses were well organized and very informative; the speakers for each were excellent."

Aiden Forsi

"I enjoyed the course materials immensely, especially all the added graphics, videos, and interesting additional online resources. I can only compliment the materials and pace of the course."

Diane Lang


Jason O'Brien

Jason O'Brien is the coordinator of the Oregon Naturalist Program through OSU Extension Service’s Forestry and Natural Resources Program. He is also a staff member in the OSU College of Forestry’s Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society.

Past Students' Work

Take a look at some recent projects our students have created.