Scope & Sequence

The North Mountain Park Nature Center offers a 3-year Scope & Sequence for topics focusing on the Rogue Valley of southern Oregon.


  • Fall 2017 - Geology of the Rogue Valley
  • Spring 2018 - Water of the Rogue Valley
  • Fall 2018 - Plants of the Rogue Valley
  • Spring 2019 - Animals of the Rogue Valley
  • Fall 2019  - Native Americans of the Rogue Valley
  • Spring 2020 - History of the Rogue valley


  • K - 2 tier: The first tier of the sequence is introduced to students in the form of a field program at North Mountain Park, with accompanying pre-visit classroom activities — Ashland K - 5 Field Programs
  • 3 - 5 tier: The second tier is also delivered to students as a field program at North Mountain Park with extended pre- and post-visit activities — Ashland K - 5 Field Programs
  • 6 - 8 tier: Currently three (of the six) topics are being offered to middle school students in their classroom and outside on their campus; Water, Plants, and Native Americans — Ashland 6 - 8 Classroom and Field Programs
  • 9-12 tier: A variety of programs are offered to Ashland High School students throughout the year. Two of the six topics are currently being offered to high school students in their classroom; Water and Native Americans — Ashland 9 - 12 Programs 
  • To foster a “sense of place” by teaching local natural and cultural history
  • To foster an appreciation of, and respect for, nature
  • To model a variety of ways that students can enjoy being outdoors
  • To show the impacts, both positive and negative, of people’s actions on the local
    environment and the quality of life for the people living there
  • To model a variety

The overarching goal of this project is to develop a locally-focused program for environmental education that teaches appreciation for, and enhancement of, the natural systems that support us.

The SCOPE of the project has been designed so that over 70 suggested topic areas have been condensed into the following six broad topics, all of which are locally based; Geology, Water, Plants, Animals, Native Americans, and History. All of the topics include a multi-disciplinary component, which integrates and reinforces the other 5 topics.

The SEQUENCE breaks each of these six topic areas into four levels; K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12. In this way, any given topic can be taught at any given grade by following a learning spiral. This learning spiral increases the complexity and breadth of the topic while ensuring compliance with the Oregon State Standards. For example, both a second and twelfth grade student could learn about local Native Americans, but as the 2nd grader would learn about how the Native Americans used to fish for
salmon using nets made out of reeds, the 12th grader would be studying the politics of water allotment with regards to current Native American fishing rights in the Klamath Basin.

Integrated through all of the topics are three main concepts:

  • Appreciation of nature
  • Experiential Knowledge of natural and cultural systems and processes
  • Awareness of, and Actions toward, both our individual and societal responsibilities for supporting the ecological systems that ultimately support us

Together, the SCOPE & SEQUENCE offers numerous opportunities for students to connect with, and explore the natural world. It starts in grades K -2 by focusing on the immediate environment through hands-on exploration of local natural and cultural history. In grades 3 - 5, students begin to expand the scope of their understanding of the local watershed by gathering data and doing more of their own research. They also begin to understand their role in helping to maintain healthy environments. By grades 6 - 8, as students continue to build on their understanding of natural systems, they are also introduced to some of the economic and political factors that have lead to the current state of the environment. Finally, in grades 9 – 12, students are asked to explore how a myriad of factors, both current and historic, have given rise to today’s management of resources around the globe and the impact this management is having on people and wildlife today. Throughout all of this, students are shown how they themselves can contribute to the health of their own watershed and ultimately the planet as a whole.

For more information Email or call the Nature Center at 541.488.6606.
Visit the North Mountain Park home page or call 541.488.6606. You may also visit the Ashland Parks & Recreation home page or call 541.488.5340 for more information.


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